Evolving Bibiliography for History and Environment

These are all books. I have large piles of articles and other shorter works in my office, and you should browse them as well as using available on-line searches and library resources. Most of the books listed are in the library, some on reserve; others are on my shelves. Ask if you can’t find them..  There are many more that could be appropriate objects for review.


Abrahamson, D.E. (ed.) 1989. The Challenge of Global Warming. Island Press. [The most current collection of scientific papers on Greenhouse Effect and possible consequences. Thorough, accessible.]

Bailey, L.H. 1915, reprinted 1980. The Holy Earth. New York St. College of Ag and Life Sciences. [Bailey was the dean of American botanists, and was especially interested in horticulture and agriculture. This is his melding of the science, esthetic, and relion/ethic of the use of the land.]

Berry, W. 1977. The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture. Sierra Club Books. [eloquent, poetic, Berry’s interpretation of history of agriculture in American culture and mind]

Berry, W. 1981. The Gift of Good Land. North Point. [Essays. Esthetics, agriculture, sociology.]

Boden, T. et al. (eds). 1990. Trends '90: A Compendium of Data on Global Change.

Botkin, D. 1990. Discordant Harmonies. Oxford. [Nature as dynamic, not “balanced” and interacting w/ humans].

Botkin, D. (ed.) 1989. Changing the Global Environment. Academic.

Brown, L., et al. 1992. Vital Signs 1992: The trends that are shaping our future. Norton.

Brown, L.R. et al. 1984-1987. State of the World, 1984 [1985, etc.]. WorldWatch, Sinauer, and Norton. [Annual reports from the WorldWatch Institute, and a valuable and current resource with papers on a wide range of subjects from many eminent workers in environmental fields. Political, economic, social and agricultural issues are addressed, as well as scientific ones.]

Budyko, M.I. 1986. The Evolution of the Biosphere. Reidel.

Carroll, C.R., J.H. Vandermeer, and P.M. Rosset, eds. 1990. Agroecology. McGraw-Hill. [Several things on origins of ag, history of ag, relationships of climate and soils to food production, etc.]

Carson, R. 1962. Silent Spring. Fawcett.

Cavalli-Sforza, L.L. and F. Cavalli-Svorza. 1995. The Great Human Diasporas: The History of Diversity and Evolution. Addison-wesley. [The preeminent human population geneticist, using genetic patterns to reconstruct spread and interaction of human populations, agriculture, etc.]

Commoner, B. 1990. Making Peace with the Planet.

Cronon, W. 1983. Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England. Hill and Wang. [Award-winning historical study of the early effects of people on the New England landscape.]

Crosby, A.W. 1986. Ecological Imperialism. The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900. Cambridge. [Fascinating, knowledgable, well-written essay on the history of Euro-colonization and why it did what it did.]

Crosby, A. 1994. Germs, Seeds, and Animals. M.E.Sharpe.

Cumbler, J.T. 2001.Reasonable use : the people, the environment, and the state, New England, 1790-1930.Oxford.

Devall, B. 1985. Deep Ecology. G.M.Smith. [Philosophical underpinnings for some of the more radical environmentalism.]

Diamond, J. 1992. The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and the Future of the Human Animal. Harper-Collins

Diamond, J. 1997. Guns, germs, and steel : the fates of human societies. Norton.
Diamond, J. 2005. Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed. Viking

Donanue, B. 1999 Reclaiming the commons : community farms & forests in a New England town. Yale University Press.

Dunlap, Thomas. 1999. Nature and the English diaspora : environment and history in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Cambridge University Press.

Ehrenfeld, D. 1978. The Arrogance of Humanism. Oxford. [An important book on human self-perception and relationship with rest of world.]

Ehrlich, P.R. 1968. The Population Bomb., Human Nature, various other books.

Elvin, M. 2004. The retreat of the elephants : an environmental history of China. Yale.

Fagan, B. 2005.     The long summer : how climate changed civilization. Basic Books

Ehrlich, P.R., A.H. Ehrlich, G.C. Daily. 1995. The Stork and the Plow: The Equity Answer to the Human Dilemma. Grosset/Putnam. [History, forecasts, interaction of population growth, environment, sustainability. Probability will be a classic.]

Foster, D.L. & J. Aber.2004. Forests in time : the environmental consequences of 1,000 years of change in New England. harvard.

Gates, D.M. 1993. Climate Change and its Biological Consequences. Sinauer. [One of several books on topic]

Gottfried, R.S. 1983. The Black Death: Natural and Human Disaster in Medieval Europe. Free Press.

Gradwohl, J. and R. Greenberg. 1988. Saving the Tropical Forests. Island. [Lots of case studies of promising things happening in the generally bleak situation in the tropical forests.]

Hillel, D. 1991. Out of the Earth: Civilization and the Life of the Soil. Univ. California.

Hyams, E. 1952. Soil and Civilization. Harper & Row.

Isenberg, Andrew. 2000. The destruction of the bison : an environmental history, 1750-1920. Cambridge University Press.

Jackson, J.B. 1994. A Sense of Place, A Sense of Time. Yale. [American landscape history from architect viewpoint]

Jackson, W. 1987. Altars of Unhewn Stone. North Point. [More of same.]

Jackson, W. 1980. New Roots for Agriculture. Friends of the Earth. [Another important work in modern thinking about sustainable ag. Both scientific and mystical].

Kline, Benjamin. 1997. First along the river : a brief history of the U.S. environmental movement. Acada Books

Krech, Shepard. 1999. The Ecological Indian: Myth and History. Norton.

Ladurie, E.L.R. 198?. Times of Feast, Times of Famine: A history of climate since the year 1000. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux [not in library and out of print, but worthwhile if you find it.]

Leopold, Aldo. 19**. Sand County Almanac and essays. [one of the founding works of 20th century environmentalism]

Marx, L. 1964. The Machine in the Garden. Oxford. [classic, intellectual history about interaction of technology and American perceptions of nature idealized]

McKibben, B. 1989. The End of Nature. Random House. [A best-seller, and controversial in may quarters.] (and others by same)

McNeill, J. R. 2000. Something new under the sun : an environmental history of the twentieth-century world. Norton

McNeill. W. 1976. Plagues and Peoples. Doubleday

Mollison, B. 1990. Permaculture. A Practical Guide for a Sustainable Future. Island Press. [A general, new-age, back-to-the-earth, how-to].

Muir, John. any works.

Nash, R. 1967. Wilderness and the American Mind. Yale. [classic; Wilderness as an American idea]

Nash, R. 1976. The American Environment, 2nd ed. Knopf.

National Academy of Sciences. 1990. One Earth, One Future: Our Changing Global Environment. National Academy Press.

Nisbet, E.G. 1991. Leaving Eden: To Protect and Manage the Earth. Cambridge.

Perlin, J. 1991. A Forest Journey: The Role of Wood in the Development of Civilization. Harvard Univ. Press. [Deforestation and economic/cultural consequences, Mesopotamia to colonial America.]

Ponting, Clive. 1991. A Green History of the World. St. Martins.

Pyne, Stephen. 1997. Vestal fire : an environmental history, told through fire, of Europe and Europe's encounter with the world. University of Washington Press

Redman, Charles. 1999. Human impact on ancient environments. University of Arizona Press

Reisner, M. 1986. Cadillac Desert. [Outstanding, journalistic treatment of water issues and history in the American west]

Russell, E.W.B. 1997. People and the Land Through Time : Linking Ecology and History. Yale.

Ryan, W. And W. Pitman. 2000. Noah's flood : the new scientific discoveries about the event that changed history. Simon and Schuster.

Schneider, S.H. 1989. Global Warming. Sierra Club.

Schneider, S.H. and R. Londer. 1984. The Coevolution of Climate and Life. Sierra Club.

Silver, C. 1990. One Earth, One Future: Our Changing Global Environment. National Academy of Sciences. [more on global warming, comissioned by the national academy of science.]

Simmons, I.G. 1993. Interpreting Naure: Cultural Constructions of the Environment. Routledge.

Thoreau, H.D. Various; particularly “Faith in a Seed” Island Press.

Udall, S.L. 1963. The Quiet Crisis. Holt, Rhinehart, and Winston.

Weiner, J. 1990. The Next One Hundred Years. Bantam. [General environmental futurology by popularizer who wrote "The Planet Earth".]

Whitney, G.G. 1994. From Coastal Wilderness to Fruited Plain. Cambridge. [Important history of environmental change in interaction with human history.]

Wilson, E.O. 1978. On Human Nature. Harvard.

Wilson, E.O. 1984. Biophilia. Harvard.

Wilson, E.O. 1998. Consilience: the unity of knowledge. Knopf.

Wilson, E.O. 1996. In search of Nature. Island.
Wilson, E.O. 2002. The Future of Life. Knopf.

World Commission on Environment and Development. 1987. Our Common Future. Oxford.

Worster, D. 1988. The Ends of the Earth: Perspectives on Modern Environmental History. Cambridge Univ. Press [a historian]