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William Cronon studies American environmental history and the history of the American West. His research seeks to understand the history of human interactions with the natural world: how we depend on the ecosystems around us to sustain our material lives, how we modify the landscapes in which we live and work, and how our ideas of nature shape our relationships with the world around us.

Links to all of Cronon's AHA presidential writings and columns are collected here, including the text, video, and audio of his presidential address on "Storytelling," Richard White's bio, and Cronon's complete presidential columns on "The Public Practice of History in and for a Digital Age."

In April 2013, Cronon did an hour-long video interview with Harry Kreisler of UC-Berkeley for the "Conversations with History" series. You can view it here.

For Cronon's half-hour radio interview with Paul Robbins on NPR's Science Friday on "Saving Wild Places in the ‘Anthropocene’," see here.

View a brief 3.5-minute video about the final lecture of "American Environmental History" here.

Follow Cronon on Twitter at @wcronon


To see the course page for History / Geography / Environmental Studies 460, click here.

To explore this site's primer on "Learning to Do Historical Research," click here.

For a gallery of images in the above slide show, click here.

For access to the website for the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), click here.

For CHE's website on the history of energy in the U.S., click here.

Visit the prize-winning Lakeshore Nature Preserve map and website.

For our website on the history of Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day, click here.

At all times and in all places and under all circumstances,
Give your attention to people and events one at a time;
Otherwise you will never give your attention to anything.

Be as honest as you know how;
Otherwise you will always rage against your own lies.

Curb your will to control events and people;
Otherwise you will always be unhappy.

Give freely to others;
Take freely what others give:
Otherwise you will give and receive nothing.

—Dick Ringler, Balto's Tonic, Mogador

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Page revision date: 17-Dec-2013