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Nature’s End

History and the Environment

  • Sverker Sörlin
  • Paul Warde
Palgrave Macmillan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Making the Environment Historical — An Introduction

    1. Sverker Sörlin, Paul Warde
      Pages 1-19
  3. The Rise of the Environmental

  4. History and the Environmental Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Robert A. Dodgshon
      Pages 141-161
    3. Alistair Hamilton, Fiona Watson, Althea Davies, Nick Hanley
      Pages 162-187
  5. Making Space: Environments and Their Contexts

  6. ‘Things Human’

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 329-329
    2. Peter Burke
      Pages 349-357

About this book


Environmental History as a distinct discipline is now over a generation old, with a large and diverse group of practitioners around the globe. This book provides a reflection on the achievements, diversity, and direction of environmental history in its varied national, international and continental contexts.


climate climate change environment environmental science environmental sciences Germany history

Editors and affiliations

  • Sverker Sörlin
    • 1
  • Paul Warde
    • 2
  1. 1.Royal Institute of TechnologySweden
  2. 2.University of East AngliaUK

About the editors

PAUL WARDE is a Reader in Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. Previous works include Economy, Ecology and State Formation in Early Modern Germany (2006) and Energy Consumption in England and Wales 1560-2000 (2007). He was the recipient of a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2008.

SVERKER SÖRLIN is Professor of Environmental History in the Division of History of Science and Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Among his books are Sustainability – the Challenge (1998) and Narrating the Arctic (2002, with M.T.Bravo). He won the August [for Strindberg] Prize for his two volume History of European Ideas 1492-1918 (2004).


Bibliographic information


'Nature's End is both an adept explanation of the ways in which historians can make the environment a central theme, and a treasure trove packed with gems of essays by leading scholars who show how it is done. This book is a state-of-the-art guide to contemporary questions in global environmental history.'

- J. Donald Hughes, University of Denver, USA

'This volume makes a contribution not only to the history of the environment, but also to its historiography and to the history of thought about the environment It contributes to bridge-building between disciplines and also to a dialogue with other kinds of historian, whether they work on politics or culture.'

- Peter Burke, University of Cambridge, UK

'Leading scholars of environmental history clarify the discipline's epistemological context

and offer compelling case studies. Nature's End is indispensable reading for all who seek to meld the various communities of knowledge of our world.'

- Carole Crumley, University of North Carolina, USA

'Nature's End deserves a wide audience. Environmental historians of all sorts will find it useful, as few such collections can boast such a rich and diverse array of contributions, ranging widely in geographical and chronological scope and presenting several methodological and conceptual approaches.' - William Cavert, H-Environment

'...thought-provoking...Hopefully, this volume will guide environmental and cultural historians towards fruitful interaction.' - European History Quarterly