This mixed lecture and discussion class will tackle the very broad topic of global environmental history through the study of certain themes over time.
Topics will follow recent scholarship in environmental history and could include the history of agriculture, disease, demographic growth, forestry, environmental activism, and global warming.
Students will read deeply in selected areas and write position papers based on materials discussed in class, including primary documents.
The fundamental goal of this course is to expose students to the role of the natural world in global history and to encourage an appreciation for the continued study of the interaction between nature and culture.
This course is cross-listed with EVST 2024.