Anthropocene Ecologies of Nutrition and Economy

Download this article (includes footnotes and bibliography)Download The Ethiopian drought of 1983 to 1985, that lead to a famine which left 1.2 million people dead and 2.5 million displaced, was not an act of God. This time something was different, or something was different in the way people were beginning to view what environmental disasters … Continue reading Anthropocene Ecologies of Nutrition and Economy

Nature as Identity: An Environmental History of Bristol’s Civic Improvement Societies

Download this article (includes footnotes and bibliography)Download INTRODUCTION When the ash had settled at the end of the second world war, Bristol emerged from it quite the different city to how it had entered at the beginning. Bombing had destroyed many buildings such as the Jacobean St Peter’s Hospital and St Peter’s church as well … Continue reading Nature as Identity: An Environmental History of Bristol’s Civic Improvement Societies

The Child Botanical: A Case For Exploring The Intersection Between Environmental History and The History of Childhood

Download this article (includes footnotes and bibliography)Download Childhood in Britain today, as a concept, is extremely precious to society. Children are pure, innocent, as of yet uncorrupted by the world; theirs are ‘the hands by which we take hold of heaven’. They represent the future, both very literally but also conceptually in that they are … Continue reading The Child Botanical: A Case For Exploring The Intersection Between Environmental History and The History of Childhood

Dead River: An Environmental History of the Tyne Improvement Commission 1850-1968CE

Download this article (includes footnotes and bibliography)Download For men may come and men may go,But I go on forever.- Alfred Tennyson, ‘The Brook’. Introduction The Significance of River History When searching for a location to build a home, the humans who founded the first settlements on the Tyne had several priorities in mind. First and … Continue reading Dead River: An Environmental History of the Tyne Improvement Commission 1850-1968CE

The Differences Between Utopias, Dystopias, and Heterotopias

Download this article (includes footnotes and bibliography)Download Utopias, dystopias, and heterotopias, as concepts in both the literary and historical senses, are ultimately all created to serve the same purpose; to critique contemporary society. By asking you to imagine a different world, they allow ‘cognitive estrangement’ from reality, offering you an outside platform which grants perspective … Continue reading The Differences Between Utopias, Dystopias, and Heterotopias

Why History isn’t Just for humans

Download this article (includes footnotes and bibliography)Download “On the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars and so on - whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. … Continue reading Why History isn’t Just for humans

Power and Politics in Medieval Iberia: What Primary Sources can tell us about Rulers and Ruled

Download this article (includes footnotes and bibliography)Download The historian’s enigma is to extract a logical and reliable narrative from material that is generally neither of those things. This statement is especially true for medieval primary sources which are rightfully considered articles whose information must be assessed with particular scrutiny. The often-sparse number of medieval sources … Continue reading Power and Politics in Medieval Iberia: What Primary Sources can tell us about Rulers and Ruled

Review: Children of the Sun: A History of Humanity’s Unappeasable Appetite for Energy

Download this article (includes footnotes)Download Text: Children of the Sun: A History of Humanity’s Unappeasable Appetite for Energy. By Alfred W. Crosby. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006. 208pp. The experience of reading Children of the Sun feels more akin to a fable than a history volume, even the title rings of fairy … Continue reading Review: Children of the Sun: A History of Humanity’s Unappeasable Appetite for Energy

The Death of a New World: Disease and Population Decline In South America from 1492 to 1800CE

Download this article (includes footnotes and bibliography)Download Preface: A Subject of Scale In its whole, the story of population in South America from 1492 to 1800CE is one of demographic collapse. At the low point of this period the continent would be witness to a population that reached but 1/5th the size of its pre-Columbian … Continue reading The Death of a New World: Disease and Population Decline In South America from 1492 to 1800CE

Devoted Admirers and Bitter Enemies – Assessing our current understanding of T. Dan Smith Part 3: Sources

Download this article (includes footnotes, bibliography, and primary sources)Download If you are unfamiliar with the history of T Dan Smith, it is advised that you read part 1 ('Local Hero or Corrupt Councillor?') and part 2 ('Which Way to Utopia') before reading this. Thomas Daniel Smith will always exist as a controversial figure, a polariser … Continue reading Devoted Admirers and Bitter Enemies – Assessing our current understanding of T. Dan Smith Part 3: Sources