January 18, 2018

Issue 13.4 (October 2008)

Editor’s Note

THIS ISSUE BEGINS with a forum on an emerging frontier of environmental history: the historical study of the impact of new synthetic chemicals on humans and other species. It also features essays on the history of environmental consciousness in Brazil during the first half of the twentieth century, and in the United States during the second half.

The awareness of the chemical dimension of environmental history is, of course, not really new: every reader of this journal is familiar with the seismic impact of Rachel Carson’s classic Silent Spring on public consciousness of the environmental damage wrought by chlorinated hydrocarbons and other pesticides. But less dramatic examples of chemical hazards—including an especially insidious category of chemicals that function as endocrine disruptors, interfering with the hormones of humans and other species—are now receiving their due, thanks to the research of Nancy Langston, Jody Roberts, and their forum colleagues.

751   Frederick Rowe Davis “On the Professionalization of Toxicology”


757  Joachim Radkau


786   Books

802  Articles

809  Theses and Dissertations

811  Archival Material

Book Reviews

769   Gerald W. Williams. The Forest Service: Fighting for Public Lands. Reviewed by James G. Lewis.

770   Susan Freinkel. American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree. Reviewed by Lori Vermaas.

771   T. C. Smout, Alan R. MacDonald, and Fiona Watson. A History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland, 1500–1920. Reviewed by Alasdair Ross.

773   Ann Botshon. Saving Sterling Forest: The Epic Struggle to Preserve New York’s Highlands. Reviewed by David Stradling.

774   Margaret Herring and Sarah Greene. Forest of Time: A Century of Science at Wind River Experimental


Forest. Reviewed by Jeff Nichols.

775   Shawn William Miller. An Environmental History of Latin America. Reviewed by José Drummond.

777   Steven Topik, Carlos Marichal, and Zephyr Frank, eds. From Silver to Cocaine: Latin American Commodity Chains and the Building of the World Economy, 1500–2000. Reviewed by Sterling Evans.

779   Carolyn Merchant. American Environmental History: An Introduction. Reviewed by Stephen H. Cutcliffe.

780   J. Donald Hughes. What Is Environmental History? Reviewed by Anthony N. Penna.

781   Martin V. Melosi and Joseph A. Pratt, eds. Energy Metropolis: An Environmental History of Houston and the Gulf Coast. Reviewed by J. Brooks Flippen.

783  Paul Kelton. Epidemics and Enslavement: Biological Catastrophe in the Native Southeast, 1492–1715. Reviewed by J. R. McNeill.

784   Paul D. Blanc. How Everyday Products Make People Sick: Toxins at Home and in the Workplace. Reviewed by Jacqueline Corn.

785   Gilbert LaFreniere. The Decline of Nature: Environmental History and the Western Worldview. Reviewed by Edward D. Melillo.

786   Robert Campbell. In Darkest Alaska: Travel and Empire Along the Inside Passage; and Ken Ross. Pioneering Conservation in Alaska. Reviewed by Lisa Mighetto.

789   Andrew P. Duffin. Plowed Under: Agriculture and Environment in the Palouse. Reviewed by Sara M. Gregg.

790   Libby Robin. How a Continent Created a Nation. Reviewed by Claire Brennan.

792   Peter Boomgaard, ed. A World of Water: Rain, Rivers and Seas in Southeast Asian Histories. Reviewed by Micah Muscolino.

793   Deborah Pickman. “The Troubled Roar of the Waters”: Vermont in Flood and Recovery, 1927–1931. Reviewed by Kimberly A. Jarvis.

794  Andrew G. Kirk. Counterculture Green: The Whole Earth Catalog and American Environmentalism. Reviewed by Larry Benson.