- List of Contributors
- Introduction: A New Environmental History
- Beyond Weather: The Culture and Politics of Climate History
- Animals and the Intimacy of History
- Beyond Virgin Soils: Disease as Environmental History
- Seas of Grass: Grasslands in World Environmental History
- New Patterns in Old Places: Forest History for the Global Present
- The Tropics: A Brief History of an Environmental Imaginary
- And All Was Light?—Science and Environmental History
- Toward an Environmental History of Technology
- New Chemical Bodies: Synthetic Chemicals, Regulation, and Human Health
- Rethinking American Exceptionalism: Toward a Transnational History of National Parks, Wilderness, and Protected Areas
- Restoration and the Search for Counter-Narratives
- Region, Scenery, and Power: Cultural Landscapes in Environmental History
- A Metabolism of Society: Capitalism for Environmental Historians
- Owning Nature: Toward an Environmental History of Private Property
- Work, Nature, and History: A Single Question, that Once Moved Like Light
- The Nature of Desire: Consumption in Environmental History
- Law and the Environment
- Confluences of Nature and Culture: Cities in Environmental History
- Race and Ethnicity in Environmental History
- Women and Gender: Useful Categories of Analysis in Environmental History
- Conquest to Convalescence: Nature and Nation in United States History
- Boundless Nature: Borders and the Environment in North America and Beyond
- Crossing Boundaries: The Environment in International Relations
- The Politics of Nature
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter focuses on recent historical literature that explores the interconnection between borders and the environment in North America and other parts of the world, with emphasis on state sovereignty. It discusses topics and issues raised by leading scholars in their writings, including the competition between national states for control of natural resources such as land, water, and wildlife; the role of borders in determining the human impact upon ecosystems; and how landscape shapes human perceptions of regions that defy and transcend the borders of the singular nation-state. The chapter concludes by considering future directions in research on borderlands and environmental history.
Andrew R. Graybill is Professor of History, department chair and Co-director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. He is the author or editor of three books: Policing the Great Plains: Rangers, Mounties, and the North American Frontier, 1875–1910 (2007); Bridging National Borders in North America: Transnational and Comparative Histories (2010; ed., with Benjamin H. Johnson); and The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West (2013).
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