Spring 2014

Environmental Issues of the Nineteenth Century

Listed in: Environmental Studies, as ENST-220  |  History, as HIST-104

Formerly listed as: ENST-20  |  HIST-26

Moodle site: Course (Guest Accessible)


Edward D. Melillo (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 104 [C] and ENST 220.)  This course considers the ways that people in various parts of the world thought about and acted upon nature during the nineteenth century. We look historically at issues that continue to have relevance today, including: invasive species, deforestation, soil-nitrogen availability, water use, desertification, and air pollution. Themes include: the relationship of nineteenth-century colonialism and environmental degradation, gender and environmental change, the racial dimensions of ecological issues, and the spatial aspects of human interactions with nature. We will take at least one field trip. In addition, we will watch three films that approach nineteenth-century environmental issues from different vantage points.  Two class meetings per week.

Spring semester.  Professor Melillo.


2020-21: Offered in Spring 2021
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2018, Spring 2020