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Giant's Staircase Spillway, Robert-Bourassa Reservoir

Southern Identity and Northern Territory: Review of Desbiens, Power from the North: Territory, Identity, and the Culture of Hydroelectricity in Quebec.

Caroline Desbiens, Power from the North: Territory, Identity, and the Culture of Hydroelectricity in Quebec. (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014). xxiii + 281 pp. $34.95 paper (ISBN 9780774824170). At well over one and […]

Source: Stephen Melkisethian; "#NoDAPL Emergency Rally DC 20 
Washington DC, The White House, February 8, 2017. Around 300 climate justice activists and supporters gathered on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in an emergency action to protest the Army Corps Of Engineer's sudden granting of the required easement to proceed with the construction of the last leg of the Dakota Access pipeline."

An Evolving Conversation: Environmental History and Current Events

In February/March, five new scholars in environmental history, from both the United States and Canada, gathered digitally to begin a discussion of recent environmental trends and issues and how the […]

Norwegian Postcard "F-1516-3 Tromsø. Byen hvor isbjørnen "vandrer" i gatene." Source: Flicker Commons, Nasjonalbiblioteket / National Library of Norway

#EnvHist Worth Reading: March 2017

Every month I carefully track the most popular and significant environmental history articles, videos, audio, and other items making their way through the online environmental history (#envhist) community. You can […]

Montréal, 1900-1905. Rue Craig >Est, depuis rue McGill, BANQ Carte Postale, Photo: Flickr

Nouvelles façons d’imaginer une vieille ville

Editor’s note: this post first appeared in the historical GIS series as New Ways to Imagine an Old City. It has been translated by members of Géohistorie Canada: Partenariat canadien […]

Image of a Dutch tanked submerged while testing the waterline on 1 January 1939, months before World War II began. Source: ANP Foundation.

The Past Comes Flooding Back: The War That Almost Sank Holland

Editor’s Note: This post is the tenth in the “Seeds: New Research in Environmental History” series cosponsored by NiCHE and Edge Effects, highlighting the work of members of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) […]

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Chicago: The Conference

Our thanks to Claire Campbell for making the excellent image featured above! The 40th anniversary meeting of the American Society for Environmental History provided Canadian scholars with much fodder for thought. […]

"I FIRST CAME TO CHICAGO ON THE TRAIL OF THE KILLERS OF MY FATHER, AND FOR REASONS THAT DON'T NEED EXPLORING AT THIS JUNCTURE HAVE REMAINED, ATTACHED AS LIAISON TO THE CANADIAN CONSULATE." DUE SOUTH (1994-1999)

Due South: ASEH and the Question of Borders

The official theme of the 2017 meeting of the American Society for Environmental History was “Winds of Change: Global Connections across Space, Time, and Nature.” Well, it was windy; frigidly […]

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Nature’s Metropolis 25 Years Later: A Conversation with Bill Cronon

“I want to take boring things and make them unboring.” This is how venerable environmental history scholar Bill Cronon described a key part of his raison d’être as a historian. In front of […]

Roman Boed, "Chicago," Flickr.

Canadian Environmental History at ASEH 2017

This week, the American Society for Environmental History holds its 40th Anniversary Meeting at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. As usual, quite a few Canadians will be among the scholars congregating to […]

"The Black Marble" NASA, 2012

2017 Melville-Nelles-Hoffmann Lecture in Environmental History: Sara Pritchard

  The Department of History at York University hosted the annual Melville-Nelles-Hoffmann Lecture in Environmental History on March 20 at 4pm in the Schulich Private Dining Room. The lecture was delivered by Professor […]

Covers from the Canadian history textbooks written for the BC Open Textbook Project.

Creating an Environment for Environmental History: The Open Textbook Project

Writing a survey text (or two) on Canadian history presents peculiar challenges. No one can be expert in all areas and subfields and, in our post-Who Killed? discipline, the subfields […]

Downtown Parking Lot August 1973, U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-10844, Flicker Commons

Suburban Commuters, Urban Polluters

Editor’s Note: This post is the ninth in the “Seeds: New Research in Environmental History” series cosponsored by NiCHE and Edge Effects, highlighting the work of members of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) Graduate […]