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In the past few years Environmental History has published several pairs of Gallery essays. In some cases the authors analyzed different images from the same historical time period (January 2009), or similar architectural styles from different time periods (January 2013). We even asked scholars from different subfields of history, as well as from different disciplines entirely, to each interpret the same visual culture (April 2013 and April 2008). In all of these Galleries, our goal was to foster dialogue — between different images, among a variety of historians, and towards better intellectual borrowing between environmental history and other scholarly disciplines.
We return to such conversation in this issue’s Gallery essays. The first is by Alix Heintzman, who analyzes animal illustrations from nineteenth-century British children’s picture books, and argues that as the British Empire expanded, its illustrated animals changed dramatically, from wild, dangerous, and tropical to domesticated, harmless, and civilized. With this shift in imagery, she concludes, popular culture helped reinforce the power of British imperialism among a new generation of subjects.
The second Gallery essay is by Sara St. Antoine, an editor and author of children’s books with nature themes who is also a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. St. Antoine compares the illustrations in Heintzman’s essay with animal images from contemporary children’s literature in the United States. American children, she argues, face very different beasts at bedtime each night. Gone is the explicit savagery of the animals, and the human mastery over them, that appeared in nineteenth-century British books. Instead, the lions and tigers and bears appearing in today’s American children’s literature are dignified, intelligent, and often straddle the nature-culture divide, keeping one paw in each camp. When read together, we hope these two essays will foster dialogue between the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries, British and American popular culture, and environmental historians and writers of fiction.
—Neil M. Maher and Cindy Ott
Environmental History is happy to introduce Field Notes – a new web-only feature that will provide new insights into the practice of environmental history scholarship.
"By incorporating spatial imagery into the analysis, environmental historians can find new places for stories."
David Biggs: “New Spaces for Stories: Technical and Conceptual Challenges to Using Spatial Imagery in Environmental History” (April 2014).
A recent issue of The Alpinist featured an article titled “The Sharp End: These Winter Palaces.” Here, Katie Ives explored how cold places have captured imaginations since the beginnings of modern alpinism, referring to (among others) Mark Carey’s article “The History of Ice: How Glaciers Became an Endangered Species” in Environmental History 3, 2007. The full text of Carey’s article can be read for free here at environmentalhistory.net.
Environmental History and Boise State University’s Department of History seek applications for the position of Graduate Editorial Assistant for Fall 2014.
The successful applicant will work with the Editor-in-Chief of Environmental History. The Graduate Editorial Assistant must be admitted to and enroll in the History Master of Arts or Master of Applied Historical Research program at Boise State and will receive a full tuition waiver and a $10,000 stipend for the 2014-2015 academic year, summer not included.
Editor in chief Lisa Brady contributed to a story on environmental history on the BBC 4 program, Making History.