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HIST 4890 American Environmental History: From Columbus to Climate Change (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Environmental history looks at the interactions between people and the natural environment over time. It explores how people have thought about and altered the natural landscape and what the consequences have been for the environment and humans alike. This course examines the impact of American Indians on the environment before the arrival of Europeans; the ecological revolution of European settlement; the expansion of slavery and the Western frontier during the 19th century; the exploitation and degradation of environmental resources through urbanization; the rise and influence of environmental activism; and the emergence of global environmental concerns like climate change.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): John Spiers

Prerequisites: History Core, Parts I and II

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Last Updated: 02-Oct-14