The Landscape of Canadian Environmental History

Source: Major James Skitt Matthews, Capilano Canyon Vancouver BC, ca. 1905. Item CVA 371-211, City of Vancouver Archives.

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The just-released issue of Canadian Historical Review contains “The Landscape of Canadian Environmental History,” a forum on the state and prospect of our field. And the CHR is helping make the issue better available to NiCHErs.

The forum calls on four international scholars with deep knowledge of Canadian environmental history and five homegrown practitioners. The CHR has made my introduction to the forum, “The Text that Nature Renders?” freely available. There follows three pairings that explore the field in relation to literatures with which we expect to have an impact:

Cover of The Canadian Historical Review, 95 no 4, 2014. Photo: Major James Skitt Matthews, Capilano Canyon Vancouver BC, ca. 1905. Item CVA 371-211, City of Vancouver Archives.
Cover of The Canadian Historical Review, 95 no 4, 2014. Photo: Major James Skitt Matthews, Capilano Canyon Vancouver BC, ca. 1905. Item CVA 371-211, City of Vancouver Archives.
  • Canada and the Circumpolar North
  • Canada and the British Empire
    • JFM Clark, “From the Other Side of the Ocean: Environment and Empire”
    • Graeme Wynn, “Empires of Nature and the Nature of Empires”
  • Canada and the United States
    • Nancy Langston, “Thinking like a Microbe: Borders and Environmental History”
    • Sean Kheraj, “Borders, Intersections, and Ideas of Nature”

The forum concludes with two stand-alone perspectives on the place of, and for, Canadian environmental history in the world:

  • Stephen J Pyne, ” Imagining Canada: Reflections in the Flames”
  • Tina Loo, “Missed Connections: Why Environmental History Could Use More of the World, and Vice Versa”

Besides making the introduction available, the journal is also offering NiCHE readers a 20% discount on a 2015 subscription of any type (print, online, or combination). Just click here and use the coupon code NiCHE. Or if you want just this single issue, there’s a 20% discount on that too. Just click here and use the coupon code NiCHE954.

Happy reading.

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I am a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. I was Director of NiCHE, 2004-15. You can reach me at amaceach@uwo.ca.

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