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Out of the Woods
Essays in Environmental History
Miller, Char, Rothman, Hal
Environmental History, formerly Environmental History Review, has helped define an entire discipline through the publication of the finest scholarship of humanists, social and natural scientists, and a variety of other professionals. Out of the Woods gathers the best of this scholarship.
Char Miller is W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and director of the Environmental Analysis Program at Pomona College. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism; Public Lands/Public Debates: A Century of Controversy; Out of the Woods: Essays in Environmental History; and Between Ruin and Restoration: An Environmental History of Israel.
Hal Rothman is professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and editor of Environmental History.
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Through the pages of Environmental History Review, now Environmental History, an entire discipline has been created and defined over time through the publication of the finest scholarship by humanists, social and natural scientists, and other professionals concerned with the complex relationship between people and our global environment. Out of the Woods gathers together the best of this scholarship. Covering a broad array of topics and reflecting the continuing diversity within the field of environmental history, Out of the Woods begins with three theoretical pieces by William Cronon, Carolyn Merchant, and Donald Worster probing the assumptions that underlie the words and ideas historians use to analyze human interaction with the physical world. One of these - the concept of place - is the subject of a second group of essays. The political context is picked up in the third section, followed by a selection of some of the journal’s most recent contributions discussing the intersection between urban and environmental history. Water’s role in defining the contours of the human and natural landscape is undeniable and forms the focus of the fifth section. Finally, the global character of environmental issues emerges in three compelling articles by Alfred Crosby, Thomas Dunlap, and Stephen Pyne. Of interest to a wide range of scholars in environmental history, law, and politics, Out of the Woods is intended as a reader for course use and a benchmark for the field of environmental history as it continues to develop into the next century.
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“The evolution of environmental history is chronicled in this compilation of 18 essays from the first 19 volumes of Environmental History Review and its predecessor, Environmental Review. . . . The editors supply a succinct account of the journal as it mirrors the unfolding scope of environmental history. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries.” —Library Journal

“The volume indicates how the discipline has broadened, deepened and taken on new dimensions. As such it provides an instructive and entertaining bridgehead for those new to environmental history and a reflexive recapitulation for existing exponents.”—Environmental Politics

“Covering a broad array of topics and reflecting the continuing diversity within the field of enviromental history, Out of the Woods begins with three theoretical pieces which probe the assumptions that underlie the words and ideas historians use to analyze human interaction with the physical world.”—Environmental Law

“What emerges from these selections is an appreciation for the discipline’s close links to the environment movement---from which it takes its biocentric perspective---and for the creative energy that comes from an integrative use of social and natural sciences.”---The Journal of American History


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