Monthly Archives: April 2010

Environmentalism vs. Conservationism

Modern environmentalism, like early twentieth-century conservationism, is a movement of the educated, urban, predominately white, middle-class. It shares important aspects of its philosophy with conservationism. Gender and race historians have pointed to the years following the Second World War as … Continue reading

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What Trouble with Wilderness?

The downside to visiting the Rockies in the low-season with a stack of comps readings on wilderness and conservation is that it is hard to be critical of loaded terms like “wilderness” when it is everywhere! During ski season and … Continue reading

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Changing Lists

A pitfall of changing topics is reading lists change so here are the most up-to-date versions of the three I am contending with: Environmental History, Post-Confederation Canadian History, and Modern Canada. Environmental History

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Environmental History Backwards?

The standard approach of environmental history is to ask how human actions effect an environment or ecosystem. Even intellectual environmental histories are interested in how human ideas and philosophies about the natural world cause environmental changes. Reading about conservation, animals, … Continue reading

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