Session of the Week: Valuing the Environment

Participants in session 188, Valuing the Environment, look to nature and environmentalism in different nations from the 19th century through the present.

Karl Jacoby explores the North America in the 19th century and how “nature was essential to creating the new human community of the nation.” Jane Carruthers looks to Southern Africa in the 1800s through 2000 through the lens of elephant hunting. And finally, Peter C. Perdue presents “recent Asian environmental history, including the history of tea and fish.”

Valuing the Environment
AHA Session 188
Saturday, January 8, 2011: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Room 207 (Hynes Convention Center)

Chair: Harriet Ritvo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Papers: Home/Land: Grounding the Nation State
Karl Jacoby, Brown University

Giants in the Landscape: Elephants, Environmentalism, and Wildlife History in Southern Africa, 1800–2000
Jane Carruthers, University of South Africa

Asian Environmental History: The Transnational Perspective
Peter C. Perdue, Yale University

Comment: Harriet Ritvo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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