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Online multimedia

The pieces below supplement articles in Environmental History using various media that can not be delivered through a traditional journal format. They are free of charge without subscription or login.

Forest History Society: Research Portal

Online source for the New Scholarship feature, January 2011 to present

The Forest History Society maintains an extensive database of published sources related to environmental history, which are indexed by topic, chronological period, and geographic area. EH's New Scholarship section highlights selected new entries to that database. Library staff will gladly provide additional information about items in this section or on other topics from the database, including full bibliographies or lists of archival collections for specific research projects. Please contact them at library at

StoryMap: Erosion in Mao's China

Online multimedia for Muscolino, "The Contradictions of Conservation," April 2020

ESRI StoryMaps combine text, photographs and documents on a zoomable map to help tell stories in a new way. From the article's abstract: Maoist conservation "consistently privileged the state’s developmentalist agenda over the welfare of rural communities. . . . Rather than giving voice to vulnerable populations and equitably distributing costs and benefits, Mao-era water and soil conservation exacerbated the burdens placed on marginalized rural communities."

Teaching Environmental History: Muskrats in Britain

Online multimedia for Coates, "The Muskrat’s New Frontier," April 2020

From the article's abstract: "In the early 1930s, many British politicians, journalists, and scientists were greatly alarmed by the feral exploits of a recently introduced North American furbearer that readily escaped confinement. The uncontainable muskrat precipitated ... a campaign of extermination that was successful within five years, representing a rare instance of mission accomplished in the global history of efforts to eliminate NIS. ... [T]he muskrat found a new frontier in Britain, where it operated as an unusual kind of creature of empire." This teaching module is available in PDF and PowerPoint formats.

Teaching Environmental History: US-Japanese Ocean Industrialization

Online multimedia for Huebner, "Tackling Climate Change," January 2020

From the article's abstract: "This article . . . argues that their two prototypes of floating industrial combines tested in Hawaii and Okinawa during the early 1970s applied the Japanese Metabolist movement’s design principles of mobility, modularity, and plug-in structures to Pacific waters in an effort to decouple ocean industrialization from the destruction of ecosystems." This teaching module is available in PDF and PowerPoint formats.

Hughes on South Florida Waters

Online multimedia for Mei Xueqin, "In Memoriam: J. Donald Hughes," July 2019

Shortly before he was diagnosed with leukemia, J. Donald Hughes began corresponding with the editors of Environmental History about a project he had undertaken on the waters of Florida. Even uncompleted, the manuscript captures the intellectual curiosity – sparked in this case by the view from his own home – that shines through in all of Hughes’s work, and it is marked by the same elegant prose that helped win him a large audience. This online multimedia is available in PDF and Microsoft Word formats.

Field Notes: Brazier on Environmental History Retreats

Online multimedia published April 2016

From the article: "[R]etreats provide a rehearsal, a mock stage on which we can learn to read the landscape. Because of my retreats, I can now recognize almost-imperceptible wagon ruts, the crumbling foundation of a homestead, or the melting stream of a muddy glacier. For historians, identifying those changes in the landscape can influence our interpretation of the archival evidence."

Field Notes: Hall on Participatory History through Rephotography

Online multimedia published September 2014

From the online article: " I created the photographs as a way to explore changes to the Cumbrian landscape, bring historical records to life, and to generate discussion amongst Cumbrians about their memories of snow and winters past in the region."

Field Notes: Biggs on Spatial Imagery

Online multimedia for Biggs, "Frame DS1050-1006DF129," April 2014

From the online article: "By incorporating spatial imagery into the analysis, environmental historians can find new places for stories . . . by detecting new patterns in studies of historic imagery, we can greatly enhance the diversity of storylines, perhaps even avoiding tendencies to fall into declensionist or techno-positivist trajectories."

Teaching Environmental History: Politics and Environmentalism

Online multimedia published July 2017 for four EH articles 2008-2010

“Politics and Environmentalism” encourages students to better understand the perceived polarization of the environmental movement. This unit specifically looks at how modern presidents have impacted environmentalism, what impact Earth Day celebrations have had on the environmental movement, and the hesitancy of conservatives to embrace the environmental movement.

Teaching Environmental History: Better Living Through Chemistry

Online multimedia for Roberts et al., "Toxic Bodies/Toxic Environments," October 2008

“Better Living Through Chemistry” explores issues raised in the Toxic Bodies/Toxic Environments Forum that appeared in issue 13.4 (October 2008). We thank the National Science Foundation, which funded the workshop at the ASEH’s conference and the preparation of teaching materials. We also thank Sarah Mittlefehldt for preparing the teaching unit.

Teaching Environmental History: Canada in Context

Online multimedia published October 2015 for EH 12.4, October 2007

This set of eight teaching modules provides university instructors with a full set of pedagogical resources aimed at integrating Canadian themes and research into their course curriculum. All are drawn from the special Canada-focused issue of Environmental History, edited by Matthew Evenden and Alan MacEachern. We hope the modules will inspire greater engagement with Canada’s fascinating history and serve as models for instructors to develop similar teaching resources for other regions of the world.

Teaching Environmental History: Global Perspectives on Wilderness

Online multimedia published October 2017 for seven EH articles 1996-2014

These lesson plans encourage students to better understand the significance of the Wilderness Act and how global perspectives on wilderness differ from the American paradigm. Specifically they look at the impact of changing perspectives on wilderness in the United States, exclusionary practices regarding native peoples, global perspectives on wilderness including Africa, Latin America and Australia, and the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act.

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