The Routledge Handbook of Environmental History was published by on 6 December 2023, with a publication year of 2024.
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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.
Table of contents:
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