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Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, 4-Volume Set
  • Authored by: Kathleen A. Brosnan
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816067937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6793-0
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $350.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 11/01/2010
  • Dewey Number: 333
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 1744


The Impact of Human-Environmental Interactions

From the Columbian Exchange beginning in 1492, the development of slavery as a Southern institution, and the westward movement to the dust bowl, the Endangered Species Act, and the destruction caused by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, human interaction with the environment in America has been continuous, open-ended, and dynamic. How communities and individuals have used land, water, and natural resources has profoundly shaped U.S. history, influencing settlement patterns, social relations, cultural life, economic systems, and political institutions. In the past generation, scholars have examined these human-environmental interactions in myriad ways, giving birth to the exciting, new field of environmental history. By shedding light on new issues and recasting familiar views of major events and developments in our nation's past, environmental historians have reinterpreted American history in a way that is gripping, immediate, and timely. 

Definitive Coverage of Every Aspect of Environmental History

The essential reference to this critical topic and the only work of its kind, the four-volume Encyclopedia of American Environmental History begins with eight broad thematic essays, which highlight the major issues and topics in environmental history and serve as an entryway to other, more specific articles throughout the reference. Arranged alphabetically, more than 750 articles cover every significant issue, event, law, and figure in U.S. environmental history. All articles are written and signed by leading environmental historians, scholars, and experts, many of them members of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH). The Board of Advisers is composed of a wide array of distinguished historians, and many of them are ASEH founders and members. Useful reference features include 200 illustrations, 100 original documents, 80 maps, 20 charts, a master chronology, bibliography, and an index.


Black-and-white illustrations. Maps and charts. Index. Bibliography. Chronology. Original documents. In four volumes.

About the Author(s)

Kathleen A. Brosnan, Ph.D., is an associate professor of history and the associate director of the Center for Public History at the University of Houston. She received a J.D. from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. She is the author of numerous articles and the book Uniting Mountain and Plain: Urbanization, Law, and Environmental Change along the Front Range and coeditor of a collection of essays, City Dreams, Country Schemes: Community and Identity in the Twentieth-Century American West. She has served on the editorial boards of Environmental History, Western Historical Quarterly, and the Journal of Urban History and has also served on the executive committee of the American Society for Environmental History.

Reviews and Awards

"...provides a wealth of information in a beneficial format that interconnects human society with the physical environment...an excellent addition to any academic and public library reference collection."

American Reference Books Annual

"...this attractive, informative work will draw students of all ages."

Library Journal

"Environmental history is a relatively new field, and this encyclopedia serves it very well. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries."


"This comprehensive resource on an important topic will be a valuable addition to public, academic, and special libraries. Highly recommended."


"...[a] wide-ranging encyclopedia...merits a place in upper-level collections."

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"Honor Book," Social Studies, Grades 7-12 category

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