And so it begins.

Reading for comps is a long, lonely, and all consuming year of Ph.D. life; and I am about to begin month 1. Three lists and about 180 books or equivalent articles to go before jumping through the first flaming hoop. My three lists are environmental history, post-confederation Canadian history, and the cordillera. The first is the broad explanation of my area of interest, the second is because the particular environment I study is in Canada, and the third is to satisfy the orographical nature of my dissertation. You see, I study coal mining communities in the front ranges of the Rocky Mountains. By geological happenstance the section of the cordillera with the majority of the coal is located in the Rockies which line the Alberta/British Columbia border. I am lucky enough to call one of these communities my hometown, though you would be hard pressed to associate it with coal mining today.

The plan is to use this blog to work through ideas, reflect on all those books, and occasionally rant. There are no other environmental historians at in my department diving into comps right now so if you know the literature please challenge me. There is nothing better than a solid intellectual debate.
I am going to start with environmental history because it is the only list not under-construction at the moment. This is a relatively new area of history for me so this should be interesting. Environmental history is a jumps from photographic representations of winter recreation in public, private, and archival spaces, but I love a good challenge!
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About Lauren Wheeler

Just a reformed history phd student working as a public historian and staying connected with the environmental history world from remote Edmonton. Requires coffee, music, laughter, and regular escapes to less Edmonton-like places.
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3 Responses to And so it begins.

  1. Erik Lizee says:

    So what's on your environmental history reading list? Care to share…

  2. Lauren says:

    Consider it done.

  3. Erik Lizee says:

    Least… updated… blog… ever.

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