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This map shows racial demography in Baltimore. White residences are green and African Americans, blue. Working-class African Americans are forced into marginal environments that suffer from lack of services and resources. Importantly, these residents are viewed as negative environmental agents. This perception leads to outsiders viewing residents of inner-city neighborhoods'  behavior as inherently immoral. At the core of it, these perceptions fundamentally impact events in urban areas, most recently and tragically in Baltimore.

Radkau, Reflections, and the Purpose of Environmental History

After recently completing primary source research about urban renewal in Boston, I needed to step away from the trees and take a view of the forest. In grad school it […]

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BookLook 2015

Being the fourth annual reconnaissance of newly-released and forthcoming works in Canadian historical geography and environmental history. See BookLook 2014, 2013, and 2012. You work hard. You put in the hours. […]

My office, 69 Coleman Hall, Bucknell University

Postcards from America III

Well, I’ve now lived in the United States for a year-and-three-quarters. I live in a very pretty small town, with wonderful nineteenth-century streetscapes; work on a beautiful campus at a […]

Bicentennial Parade from Vineland Mennonite Church featuring 'Acculturated' Mennonite women celebrating the Dairy Cow, 1989. Credit: Mennonite Archives of Ontario, Waterloo  ON
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Animals, Mennonites and the Modern World

I grew up on a farm in Manitoba and vividly recall the culture that infused it in the 1960s and 70s.   My own sense of animals recounts them as ubiquitous […]

Kennecott Mining Town, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska. Photo Source: (© Marc Moritsch/National Geographic Creative/Corbis)

#EnvHist Worth Reading: April 2015

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. Also check […]

"Plane Crash at the Four Corners," Thomas Bouckley Collection, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 2107 2046, 1918.

“A Terrible Fright”: A Short History of Early Aviation in Oshawa, Ontario

In Oshawa, as elsewhere, experiences with early aviation could be hazardous, particularly in the first few decades of flight technology. In recent memory, the city’s relationship with airborne transportation has […]

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Des savants pour protéger la nature

Par Rémi Luglia   Luglia Rémi, Des savants pour protéger la nature. La Société d’acclimatation (1854-1960), Presses Universitaires de Rennes, collection « Histoire », 19 mars 2015, 434 pages, broché, ISBN : 978-2-7535-3575-6. Des […]


Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History

James Beattie, Edward Melillo, and Emily O’Gorman Introduction Nineteenth-century British imperial expansion dramatically shaped today‘s globalised world. Imperialism encouraged millions of people to migrate and forced millions to move. It […]

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Fantastic, Five

A big congratulations to not one, not two, not three, not four — ok, not seventeen — but five NiCHE stalwarts who landed potentially-permanent gigs this spring — including four tenure-track positions! Congratulations […]

America Guided by Wisdom, John J. Barralet (1820)

Postcards from America II

It’s the end of the semester here, finally,* so I can stop that frantic new-class routine of doing the reading the morning of night before and think back over the […]

The dikes are still visible today at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.  Photo: Anne Dance

Dikes, Ducks, and Dams: An Unpredictable Environmental History of Creston Flats, 1883-2014

Ronald Rudin recently posted on Acadian aboiteaux farming in New Brunswick, a practice that became a central part of Acadian identity. In Creston, a small town in southeastern British Columbia, […]

Go Home Bay, Georgian Bay, Ont. Credit: Frank W. Micklethwaite/Library and Archives Canada/PA-068493.

A Landscape of Science: The Go Home Bay Biological Station

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of posts considering the intersection between environmental history and the histories of science, technology, and medicine. Previous posts are here, here, and here. Stephen Bocking’s […]