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Has Environmental History Lost Its Way?
  • Lisa M. Brady, Boise State University
Road kill. Plywood. Gas Masks. Black soil.

These were among the myriad topics covered during the “State of the Field: Environmental History” panel at the 2015 OAH in St. Louis. With the exception of soil, they are not, perhaps, the first subjects that come to mind when we think of environmental history. That is precisely why, when Lincoln Bramwell (Chief Historian of the US Forest Service and a member of the conference’s program committee) asked me to organize the panel, I asked Gary Kroll (SUNY Plattsburgh), Janet Ore (Colorado State),Gerard Fitzgerald (George Mason), and Mark Hersey (Mississippi State) to be panelists.[1] With the exception of Hersey, none of these scholars claims environmental history as his or her primary field of expertise. Kroll and Fitzgerald have degrees in the history of science and Ore is a historian of vernacular architecture. Nevertheless, all of them do environmental history.
  • Environment
Publication Date
December 15, 2015
Citation Information
Lisa M. Brady. "Has Environmental History Lost Its Way?" (2015)
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