New book explores Canada’s history from an environmental perspective

Thursday, September 13, 2012 9:57:00 AM

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An Environmental History of Canada book cover

NEW BOOK:
Laurel S. Macdowell. 2012. An Environmental History of Canada. University of British Columbia Press, 352 pages. (Published July 25, 2012.)


Throughout history most people have associated Canada with wilderness − snow-capped mountains, endless forest and prairie, myriad lakes, and abundant fish and game. Canada’s contemporary image is, however, more disturbing − melting ice caps, deforestation, polluted waterways, and depleted fisheries. Adopting both a chronological and thematic approach in her book An Environmental History of Canada, Professor Laurel MacDowell (History, U of T Mississauga) explores Canada’s past from an environmental perspective and includes human interactions with the land, and the origins of our current environmental crisis, from first peoples to the Kyoto Protocol.  It traces how Canada’s colonial and national development contributed to modern environmental problems such as urban sprawl, the collapse of fisheries, and climate change.  This richly illustrated exploration of the past will change the way Canadians and others around the world think about − and look at − Canada.  It traces how Canada’s colonial and national development contributed to modern environmental problems such as urban sprawl, the collapse of fisheries, and climate change.  It includes over 200 photographs, maps, figures, and sidebar discussions on key figures, concepts, and cases.

Laurel Sefton MacDowell is a Professor of History in the Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga.

This is an edited excerpt from www.ubc.press.comClick here to view table of contents

More information on Professor MacDowell, visit her homepage.