Call for Proposals Re New Volume in Canadian Forest History

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Graeme Wynn and David Brownstein have been confirmed as the editors of the Canadian contribution to the World Forest History Series (see The volumes are intended to address inter alia the “rise of state and scientific forestry and the evolution of environmental land management practices, with a special focus on colonial forestry and its legacy,” and to “feature a substantial section of primary sources related to the history of humans and forests.” Recognizing the scale and importance of forest history in Canada, the series editors, Gregory Barton and Brett Bennett have suggested two volumes on Canada, one of essays and the other of primary source documents. Wynn and Brownstein are developing outlines/ preferred emphases for the volumes, but would appreciate hearing from anyone interested in contributing at their earliest convenience.

This is also a formal call for proposed papers (of approximately 8-10000 words in length). Proposals (of 500 words or so) may be chronological, historiographical, thematic or regional in focus and should be sent to both and by 1 May 2012.

Please consider the following:

  1. the volumes should be readable and coherent for all readers, not just geographers and historians. This means, among other things, writing in plain language and avoiding overly partisan language. We hope to make the volumes specialized enough to draw audiences from the scholarly community but broad enough to interest non-scholarly readers.
  2. we would like to involve foresters and scientists in this project, especially with a view to offering some current perspectives on forestry.
  3. There should be some historiographical analysis, such as an overview of shifting interpretations of forest history.
  4. The series seeks to integrate national histories into both imperial and world histories. This implies that contributions should attend, as appropriate, to the relations between Canada and the British Empire and the world.
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David Brownstein is the Principal of Klahanie Research Ltd ( He is also a longstanding UBC sessional instructor, and the continuing co-ordinator of NiCHE's "The Canadian Forest-History Preservation Project" (still facilitating archival donations after 11 years).

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