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Old July 9th, 2011, 09:45 PM   #1

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Suggested Readings for Environmental History


Here are some books that I would recommend for anyone who's interested in this branch of history. I will only recommend books I have personally read, please reply with your recommendations if you have read other books you think should be mentioned.


Frederick Jackson Turner - The Significance of the Frontier in American History

Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie - The Peasants of Languedoc

William Cronon - Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England
William Cronon - Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature
William Cronon - Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

Richard C Wade - The Urban Frontier: The Rise of Western Cities

Roderick Frazier Nash - Wilderness and the American Mind

Donald Worster - Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s
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Old July 10th, 2011, 09:23 PM   #3

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Has anyone read Behringer's A Cultural History of Climate?
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Old July 10th, 2011, 10:41 PM   #4

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Might as well add these to the reading list.
Everything about and by Charlies Darwin.
The popular writings of Steven Jay Gould.
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Old July 12th, 2011, 10:19 AM   #5

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The popular writings of Steven Jay Gould.
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add -- Bill Bryson
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 02:37 PM   #6

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This is a difficult by highly influential study of "Mediterranean history", with a focus on the interface between culture and the natural environment:

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Old November 22nd, 2011, 06:30 PM   #7

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Old November 22nd, 2011, 07:21 PM   #8

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Haven't read that one, but I do find the history of the Peruvians: Moche, Chavin etc. as they were impacted by climate variables such as El Nino and the resulting drought and flood cycles, to be fascinating.
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 08:01 PM   #9

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i think -- in the big picture (mine anyway) that this earth warming thing will be much more depend on the el nino -- i think this is a very dangerous ocean current ---
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dauv thats where we agree, the ocean currents.
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