1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Environmental History

    478 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Environmental History presents a cutting-edge overview of the dynamic and ever-expanding field of environmental history. It addresses recent transformations in the field and responses to shifting scholarly, political, and environmental landscapes.

    The handbook fully and critically engages with recent exciting changes, contextualizes them within longer-term shifts in the field, and charts potential new directions for study. It focuses on five key areas:

    • Theories and concepts related to changing considerations of social justice, including postcolonial, antiracist, and feminist approaches, and the field’s growing emphasis on multiple human voices and agencies.
    • The roles of non-humans and the more-than-human in the telling of environmental histories, from animals and plants to insects as vectors of disease and the influences of water and ice, the changing theoretical approaches and the influence of concepts in related areas such as animal and discard studies.
    • How changes in theories and concepts are shaping methods in environmental history and shifting approaches to traditional sources like archives and oral histories as well as experiments by practitioners with new methods and sources.
    • Responses to a range of current complex problems, such as climate change, and how environmental historians can best help mitigate and resolve these problems.
    • Diverse ways in which environmental historians disseminate their research within and beyond academia, including new modes of research dissemination, teaching, and engagements with stakeholders and the policy arena.

    This is an important resource for environmental historians, researchers and students in the related fields of political ecology, environmental studies, natural resources management and environmental planning.

    Chapters 9, 10 and 26 of this book are freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    Introduction: Framing Environmental History Today and for the Future

    Emily O’Gorman, Mark Carey, William San Martín, and Sandra Swart 

    Part I: New Methods, Innovative Approaches 

    1          Ethics, Justice, and Environmental Histories

    Heather Goodall, Meera Anna Oommen, and Madhuri Mondal 

    2          Oral and Environmental History: Time, Place, Decolonisation and the More-Than-Human World

    Katie Holmes and Aet Annist 

    3          Sounding Environments

    Hedley Twidle and Aragorn Eloff 

    4          Geographical Information System, Remote Sensing and Spatial Data Infrastructure

    Marina Miraglia and Kairo da Silva Santos 

    Part II: Non-Human Agencies 

    5          The Tangled Bank

    Harriet Ritvo and Rebecca Woods 

    6          Multispecies Cultures and Environmental Change: The Animal (Agency) Turn

    Diogo de Carvalho Cabral and Heta Lähdesmäki 

    7          Animal and Vector-Borne Diseases, Zoonoses, and One Health

    Lyle Fearnley and Melissa Salm 

    8          The Non-Human in Agriculture: Technologies of Agriculture and Non-Human Aspects of Farming

    Veronika Settele and Claiton Marcio da Silva 

    9          (Inter)national and (Trans)regional Agents: The Coastal Sand Dunes of Mozambique

    Joana Gaspar de Freitas, Inês Macamo Raimundo, Ignacio García Pereda, and Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Ruwan Sampath 

    10        Actor-Networks, Conservation Treaties, and International Environmental History: Re-assembling Conventions

    Raf de Bont and Simone Schleper 

    11        Hazards and Disasters: Locusts, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Floods, Droughts

    Katrin Kleemann and Admire Mseba 

    Part III: Engaging with the Planetary and the Anthropocene

    12        Planetary Boundaries, Climate Change and the Anthropocene

    Ruth Morgan and Cristián Simonetti 

    13        Extinction in Environmental History: Historizing Problems of Classification and Intentionality

    Dolly Jørgensen and Miles Powell 

    14        Temporality and Environmental History in the Anthropocene: Timing Climates, Modeling Futures

    Emil Flatø and Erik Isberg 

    15        Fossil Fuels from Extraction to Emissions

    Antoine Acker, Elizabeth Chatterjee, Lukas Becker, Matthew Shutzer, and Nathalia Capellini 

    Part IV: Power, Flows, and Knowledges 

    16        Global Histories of Environment and Labour in Asia and Africa

    Mattin Biglari and Olisa Godson Muojama 

    17        Toxicity, Racial Capitalism and Colonial Mining: Lessons from Cyanide and Gold Mining in Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia)

    Elijah Doro and Marco Armiero 

    18        Local Fishermen Knowledge and Scientific Expertise in Eastern Europe and West Africa: Assessing the Unseen

    Stefan Dorondel, Veronica Mitroi-Tisseyre, and Youssoupha Tall 

    19        Historical Memory and Technocratic Failures in Environmental Impact Assessments

    Javiera Barandiarán and Ricardo Oyarzún 

    20        Cities, Food, Water, and Environmental History in China, the USA and India: Making Bubbles

    Shen Hou and David Biggs 

    21        Urban Environmental Governance: Historical and Political Ecological Perspectives from South Asia

    Jenia Mukherjee and René Véron 

    Part V: Practices and Actions for Current Socio-Ecological Crises 

    22        Pedagogy for the Depressed: Empowerment and Hope in the Face of the Apocalypse

    Michelle K. Berry and Emily Wakild 

    23        Activist Environmental History: On War Machines and Guerrilla Strategies

    Regina Horta Duarte, Bruna Luiza Costa Pessoa, and Lucas Erichsen 

    24        Communicating Environmental History: Reaching Diverse Audiences through Online Forums

    Jonatan Palmblad and Jessica M. DeWitt 

    25        Environmental History in Museums: Past Practice and Future Opportunities

    Luke Keogh, Liisi Jääts, Nina Möllers, and Libby Robin 

    26        Environmental Historians, Policy, and Governance

    Alessandro Antonello and Margaret Cook 

    Future Directions in Environmental History

    Cintia Velázquez-Marroni, Jessica Urwin, Nicolo Paolo Ludovice, Bryan Umaru Kauma, Sangay Tamang, and Jayson Maurice Porter


    Emily O’Gorman is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Associate Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Her research is situated within environmental history and the interdisciplinary environmental humanities, and is primarily concerned with contested knowledges within broader cultural framings of authority, expertise, and landscapes.

    William San Martín is Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Science, Technology, and Governance at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA, and a Research Fellow at the Earth System Governance Project at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. His work examines power disparities across environmental knowledge, technologies, and governance regimes.

    Mark Carey is Professor of Environmental Studies and Geography at the University of Oregon, USA. He runs the Glacier Lab for the Study of Ice and Society, collaborating with students and scientists to study environmental history, ice humanities, and climate justice.

    Sandra Swart is Professor and Chair of the History Department at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She studies African socio-environmental history, focusing on human-animal relations.