ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY: SELECTED
Theory and Synthetic Overviews
Conzen, Michael P., Making of the American Landscape (London: Unwin Hyman, 1990).
Cronon, William, “Kennecott Journey: The Paths Out of Town,” in Cronon et al., eds., Under an Open Sky: Rethinking America’s Western Past (New York: W. W. Norton, 1991), 28-51.
Cronon, William, ed., Uncommon Ground:
Egan, Dave, and Evelyn Howell, eds.., Historical Ecology Handbook (
Goudie, Andrew, ed., Encyclopedia
of Global Change: Environmental Change and Human Society (
Kiple, Kenneth, ed., The
Kiple, Kenneth, ed., The
Krech, Shepard, et al., eds, Encyclopedia
of World Environmental History (
McNeill, John, Something New Under
the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World (
Melosi, Martin, The Sanitary City:
Urban Infrastructure in
Merchant, Carolyn, The
Merchant, Carolyn, Major Problems in American Environmental History (Lexington, Mass.: D. C. Heath, 1993).
Nash, Roderick, American Environmentalism:
Soper, Kate, What Is Nature?: Culture, Politics and the Non-Human (Oxford: Blackwell, 1995).
Steinberg, Ted, Down to Earth: Nature’s
Role in American History (
Stilgoe, John, Common Landscape of
Warren, Louis, American Environmental
Worster, Donald, et al., "A Round Table: Environmental History," Journal of American History 76:4 (March 1990), 1111-46.
Worster, Donald, The Ends of the Earth: Perspectives on Modern Environmental History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988).
Worster, Donald, The Wealth of Nature: Environmental History and the Ecological Imagination (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993).
Classics and Precursors
Carson, Rachel, Silent Spring (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1962).
Gates, Paul Wallace, History of
Hoskins, W. G., The Making of the English Landscape (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1955).
Jackson, John Brinckerhoff, Landscapes: Selected Writings of J. B. Jackson,
Leopold, Aldo, A Sand
Malin, James, History and Ecology, ed. Robert P. Swierenga (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1984).
Marsh, George Perkins, Man and Nature (1864;
reprinted, ed. David Lowenthal,
Sauer, Carol Ortwin, Land and Life: A Selection from the Writings of Carl Ortwin Sauer, ed. John Leighly (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1963).
Thomas, William L., Man’s Role in Changing the Face of the Earth (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1956).
Environmental History of Material Life
Cronon, William, Changes in the Land:
Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England (
Cronon, William, Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (New York: W. W. Norton, 1991).
Crosby, Alfred W., Ecological Imperialism:
The Biological Expansion of
Crosby, Alfred W., Jr., The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492 (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1972).
Fiege, Mark, Irrigated
Guha, Ramachandra, Environmentalism: A Global History (London: Routledge, 1999).
Krech, Shepard, The Ecological Indian:
Myth and History (
McEvoy, Arthur F., The Fisherman’s
Problem: Ecology and Law in the
McPhee, John, The Control of Nature (
Pyne, Stephen J., Fire in
Pyne, Stephen J., Fire: A Brief History (
White, Richard, Land Use, Environment,
and Social Change: The Shaping of
White, Richard, Roots of Dependency: Subsistence, Environment, and Social Change among the Choctaws, Pawnees, and Navajos (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983).
Worster, Donald, Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s (New York: Oxford University Press, 1979).
Ideas of Nature
Marx, Leo, The Machine in the Garden:
Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in
Mitman, Gregg, The State of
Mitman, Gregg, Reel Nature: America’s
Romance with Wildlife on Film
Novak, Barbara, Nature and Culture: American Landscape Painting, 1825-1875 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1980).
Pollan, Michael, Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education (New York: Dell, 1991).
Price, Jennifer, Flight Maps: Adventures
with Nature in Modern
Edmund Russell, War and Nature: Fighting
Humans and Insects with Chemicals from World War I to Silent Spring (
Worster, Donald, Nature’s Economy:
A History of Ecological Ideas (1977, 2nd ed.,
Williams, Raymond, The Country and the City (New York: Oxford University Press, 1975).
Williams, Raymond, “Ideas of Nature,” (1972) in Williams, Problems in Materialism and Culture: Selected Essays (London: Verso, 1980).
History of Conservation and Environmentalism
Dunlap, Thomas R., DDT: Scientists, Citizens, and Public Policy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1975).
Fox, Stephen, The American Conservation
Movement: John Muir and His Legacy (1981;
Gottlieb, Robert, Forcing the Spring:
The Transformation of the American Environmental Movement (
Hays, Samuel P., Conservation and the Gospel of Efficiency: The Progressive Conservation Movement, 1890-1920 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1959).
Hays, Samuel P., Beauty, Health,
and Permanence: Environmental Politics in the
Hays, Samuel P., Explorations in Environmental History: Essays (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998).
Nash, Roderick, Wilderness and the
American Mind (4th ed.,
Runte, Alfred, The National Parks (3rd ed.,
Schama, Simon, Landscape and Memory (New York: Alfred Knopf, 1996).
Strasser, Susan, Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash (New York: Metropolitan Books, 1999).
Sutter, Paul, Driven Wild: How the
Fight Against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement (
Class, Race, Gender, and Nature
Adamson, Joni, The Environmental
Justice Reader: Politics, Poetics, & Pedagogy (
Bullard, Robert, Dumping in
Bullard, Robert, ed., Unequal Protection:
Environmental Justice and Communities of Color (
Deming, Alison H., and Lauret E. Savoy,
eds., The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World (
Hurley, Andrew, Environmental Inequalities: Class, Race, and Industrial Pollution in Gary, Indiana, 1945-1980 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995).
Jacoby, Karl, Crimes Against Nature:
Squatters, Poachers, Thieves, and the Hidden History of Conservation (
Judd, Richard, Common Lands, Common
People: The Origins of Conservation in
McMurry, Sally, Families and Farmhouses
Merchant, Carolyn, The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution (New York: Harper & Row, 1980).
Merchant, Carolyn, Ecological Revolutions:
Nature, Gender, and Science in
Virginia Scharff, “Are Earth Girls Easy? Ecofeminism, Women’s History, and Environmental History, ” Journal of Women’s History, 7 (Summer 1995): 164-75.
Christopher Sellers, "Thoreau's Body: Towards an Embodied Environmental History," Environmental History, 4 (1999), 486-514.
Alan Taylor, "Unnatural Inequalities: Social and Environmental Histories," Environmental History, 4:1 (Oct. 1996), 6-19.
Valencius, Conevery Bolton, The Health
of the Country: How American Settlers Understood Themselves and Their
Warren, Louis, The Hunter;s Game:
Poachers and Conservationists in Twentieth-Century