Nature’s Past Episode 62: Carbon Democracy and Canadian History

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Episode 62: Carbon Democracy and Canadian History

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At the 2018 annual meeting of the Canadian Historical Association in Regina, a panel of scholars in the emerging field of energy history spoke about Timothy Mitchell’s 2011 book, Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil and considered its applicability to Canadian history. They debated Mitchell’s ideas and sketched out new ways of thinking about Canadian history through the lens of energy.

This episode of the podcast features that panel.


Heather Green

Hereward Longley

Joshua MacFadyen

Dan Macfarlane

Andrew Watson

Works Cited:

Mitchell, Timothy. Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil. London: Verso, 2011.

Music Credits:

Magikstudio, “Acoustic Day”

Osian Records, “Tropical Pop”

Photo Credit:

Oil Well, Fort Norman, 1927. Source: Canadian National Exhibition (Toronto, Ont.) / Library and Archives Canada / PA-045145.


Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 62: Carbon Democracy and Canadian History” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. 27 September 2018.

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Sean Kheraj is the director of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. He's an associate professor in the Department of History and vice dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University. His research and teaching focuses on environmental and Canadian history. He is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at

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