History 4490

Major Themes in Environmental History

Dr. Thomas H. Keene

Spring 2012

 

 

Contact info: 770-423-6232 – tkeene@kennesaw.edu

Website: http://ksuweb.kennesaw.edu/~tkeene/

Office: Social Science 4084

Hours: My classes Spring 2012 are at MW 11-12:15 and 5-6:15

Otherwise I am generally in the office M-Th 9am-6pm unless I have a meeting.

Drop by or call to make an appointment (office phone # above).

 

Notice: This course will be administered through GeorgiaView Vista, which is accessed at https://web.kennesaw.edu/vista/. Use the Vista email system when possible.  If you must use my regular email be sure to put “HIST 2206” in the subject line, so I know your message is not spam. 

 

 

 

Assignments and Obligations

 

Readings (in order of appearance):

·       Jared Diamond, Collapse (Norton, 2005) Chs. 6,7&8.

·       John McPhee, “Atchafalaya” in The Control of Nature (Farrar, 1990).

·        Gilbert White, The Natural History of Shelburne (no copyright; first pub.1787) letters 1-10.

·       David Thoreau, “Walking” (no copyright, first pub. 1862)

·       Roderick Nash, Wilderness and the American Mind, (Yale, 2001)

·       William Cronon, Changes in the Land (Hill and Wang, 2003).

·       Harriet Ritvo, The Dawn of Green: Manchester, Thirlmere, and Modern Environmentalism (Chicago, 2009).

·       Donald Worster, Nature’s Economy: A History of Ecological Ideas (2nd ed. Cambridge, 1994).

·       Mark H. Lyle, The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement (Oxford, 2007).

·       Elizabeth Economy, The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China’s Future (2nd ed. Cornell, 2010).

 

 

 

 

The schedule below is subject to changes to be announced in class. Students who miss class should check with classmates on possible changes and are responsible for them.

 

Cl. #

Date

 Topic

Assignment

1

1/9

 Introduction and the Big History Framework

David Christian (18 minute Big Hist)

2

1/11

Goldilocks in Greenland?

Google: “Environmental Determinism”

Diamond, skim Ch. 6, note map pp182-3. Read Chs. 7-8. See GAView "Readings" folder

 

1/16

MLK DAY – NO CLASS

 

3

1/18

Water Control, Old and New

McPhee, “Atchafalaya” (entire) See GAView "Readings" folder

4

1/23

Gilbert White, The arcadian village

White, “Shelborne” poems + letters 1-11

5

1/25

Thoreau, Civilization and the Nature

Thoreau, “Walking” (entire)

6

1/30

The Wilderness and the Other

Nash, Prologue, Chs. 1 & 2

See GAView "Readings" folder.

7

2/1

The Wilderness and Reason

Nash, Chs. 3,4,5

See GAView "Readings" folder.

8

2/6

The Wilderness as Arcadia

Nash, Chs. 6,7,8,9

See GAView "Readings" folder.

9

2/8

Second thoughts on Thoreau

Conon, Ch.1 (read reflectively)

10

2/13

Review

 

11

2/15

Wilderness Exam

12

2/20

First Campus walkabout

13

2/22

New England in a “State of Nature” ?

Conon, Chs. 2 & 3

14

2/27

New England “after the Fall”

Cronon, Chs. 4,5,6

 

2/29

The 90-10, 10-90 View of History

Spring Break              March 3 – 11                 Spring Break

15

3/12

Last Day to Withdraw

without an “F”

 

 

Environmental History journal review due

 

16

3/14

From Wilderness to Natural Resource

Cronon, Chs. 7,8

17

3/19

Second Campus Walkabout

18

3/21

EHAP Project Groups Assigned, etc.

19

3/26

Mancunian desire and the first tree huggers

Ritvo, Chs. 1-2

20

3/28

Mancunian desire and the first tree huggers

Ritvo, Chs. 3-4

21

4/2

The Harvest of Thirlmere

Ritvo, Ch. 5

22

4/4

Project Progress Report

Darwin and the Science of Ecology

Worster-Darwin class outline

 

Worster, chs. 6-9; esp ch.9

Wordsworth poem

Tennyson quote

23

4/9

Merriman to Clements and the Climax Community

Worster, chs. 10-11

24

4/11

Project Progress Report - RC Paul, KSU Director of Sustainability, Guest

The Dust Bowl, the Value Varmints, the The New Ecology and the Loss of Arcadia

Worster, ch. 12-14

25

4/16

Rachel Carson

Lytle, Prologue, Chs. 1-2

26

4/18

Project Progress Report

Rachel Carson

Lytle, Chs. 3-4,

27

4/23

Catch-up and Carsons

 

28

4/25

EHAP Project Presentations

29

4/30

St. Rachel and Review

Lytle, Epilogue

 

Mon. 7 May

Final Exam:  10:30am-12:30pm

!! Note early Start Time !!