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date: 20 March 2019

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The introduction explains that this book focuses on the integration of the insights of environmental history with a host of other subfields of history, such as race, class, gender, ethnicity, labor, law, consumption, borderlands, and the history of science. More specifically, it explores the historiographies of these established subfields without deviating from the methodology of environmental history. The introduction provides a summary of each part of the book. Part I addresses the environmental context of historical change by analyzing issues associated with climate, disease, fauna, and regional environments. Part II examines the changing understanding of scientific knowledge and the need for environmental historians to confront a more complex, dynamic idea of ecology than that faced by their predecessors. Part III considers the link between environmental history and economic change, whereas Part IV looks at the intersection of environmental history with the history of politics and the nation-state.

Keywords: environmental history, race, gender, ethnicity, borderlands, environmental determinism, climate, disease, ecology, nation-state

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