The List! How could I forget the List!?

Here is the environmental history list so you can see what I am in for. It is not that bad. Actually I am excited to read and re-read most of what is on it. Yes there are some omissions that may get people a little worked up but the limit is 60 books or equivalent articles so somethings had to go. Of the 83 items on the list I start having read about 19 – but I am not going to tell you which 19 just yet.


When the post-confederation Canadian History and Rocky Mountain/Cordillera lists are finalized they will be posted too.

  • A: General Overviews
  • Donald Worster, Nature’s Economy
  • Glacken, Traces on the Rhodian Shore
  • McNeill, Something New Under the Sun
  • Smil, Energy in World History
  • B: Theory / Method
  • Cronon, “A Place for Stories,” Journal of American History (1992)
  • Merchant, “The Theoretical Structure of Ecological Revolutions,”
  • Demeritt, “Ecology, objectivity, and critique,” Journal of Historical Geography
  • Worster, “Transformations of the Earth,” Jounral of American History (1990)
  • Flores, “Place: An Argument for Bioregional History,”
  • Parr, “Notes for a more sensuous history,” Canadian Historical Review (2001)
  • Stephen Boyden, “Nature, Society, History, and Social Change,”
  • Hoffmann, either “Frontier Foods” or “Is Industrial Metabolism really the Problem?”
  • Taylor, “Unnatural Inequalities,” Environmental History (1996)
  • Sorlin and Warde, “The Problem of the problem of Environmental History,”
  • C: Ecological Imperialism
  • Crosby, Ecological Imperialism
  • Cronon, Changes in the Land
  • Piper and Sandlos, “A Broken Frontier” Environmental History (2007)
  • Dunlap, “Remaking the Land” (1997)
  • D: Pre-Colombian EH / Native People’s and Environmental History
  • Harris, Making Native Space
  • Cruikshank, Do Glaciers Listen?
  • Binnema, Common and Contested Ground
  • Carter, Lost Harvests
  • White, Middle Ground
  • Krech, Ecological Indian
  • E: Agriculture / Early Settlement
  • Melville, Plague of Sheep
  • Evans, War on Weeds
  • Sandwell, Contesting Rural Space
  • Dechene, Habitants and Merchants
  • Worster, Rivers of Empire
  • Fitzgerald, Every Farm a Factory
  • Fiege, Irrigated Eden
  • Webb, Great Plains
  • F: Natural Resources (Mines, Fisheries, Timber, Oil, Hydro)
  • Cadigan, “Moral Economy”
  • Taylor, Making Salmon
  • Jeremy B.C. Jackson et al, “Historical Overfishing and the Recent Collapse of Coastal Ecosystems”
  • Evenden, Fish vs. Power
  • Nelles, Politics of Development
  • Andrews, Killing for Coal
  • Rosner and Markowitz, Deadly Dust
  • Parenteau, “Care Control and Supervision,” CHR 1998
  • Parenteau, “A ‘Very Determined Opposition’” EH (2004)
  • Kinsey, “An Aquacultural Revolution”
  • Gillis and Roach, Lost Initiatives
  • Morse, Nature of Gold
  • White, Organic Machine
  • LeCain, “Limits of Eco-Efficiency”
  • Tough, As Their Natural Resources Fail
  • Lower, Settlement and the Forest Frontier & Innis, Settlement and the Mining Frontier
  • G: Animals / Wildlife / Fur Trade
  • Loo, States of Nature
  • Jacoby, Crimes Against Nature
  • Isenberg, Destruction of the Bison
  • Colpitts, Game in the Garden
  • Marks, Tigers, Rice, Silk, and Silt
  • H: Conservation, Commons, Parks, Wilderness
  • Carlos and Frank, “Indians, the Beaver, and the Bay”
  • Limerick, Something in the Soil
  • Hardin, “The Tragedy of the Commons”
  • Spry, “The Great Transformation”
  • Sutter, Driven Wild
  • Nash, Wilderness and the American Mind
  • Jasen, Wild Things
  • Dunlap, Nature and the English Diaspora
  • MacLaren, “Cultured Wilderness in Jasper National Park”
  • I: Environmentalism
  • Grove, Green Imperialism
  • Bess, Light-Green Society
  • Hazlett, “Women vs. Man vs. Bugs”
  • Zelko, “Making Greenpeace”
  • Rome, “”Give Earth a Chance”: The Environmental Movement and the Sixties”
  • Wirth, “Trail Smelter Dispute”
  • Carson, Silent Spring
  • Schrepfer, Nature’s Altars: Mountains, Gender and American Environmentalism
  • Dunaway, Natural Visions
  • J: Fire
  • Pyne, Awful Splendour
  • K: Science / Technology
  • Castonguay, “Naturalizing federalism”
  • Russell, War and Nature
  • Nash, Inescapable Ecologies
  • Nye, American Technological Sublime
  • Scott, Seeing like a State
  • L: Urban
  • K. Jackson, Crabgrass Frontier
  • Cronon, Nature’s Metropolis
  • Dagenais and Durand, “Cleansing, Draining, and Sanitizing”
  • Tarr, “The Metabolism of the Industrial City: The Case of Pittsburgh”
  • Melosi, Effluent America
  • Bocking, “Constructing Urban Expertise”

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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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