Book ID: CBB822918468

Surroundings: A History of Environments and Environmentalisms (2020)


Benson, Etienne Samuel (Author)

University of Chicago Press

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 296
Language: English

Given the ubiquity of environmental rhetoric in the modern world, it’s easy to think that the meaning of the terms environment and environmentalism are and always have been self-evident. But in Surroundings, we learn that the environmental past is much more complex than it seems at first glance. In this wide-ranging history of the concept, Etienne S. Benson uncovers the diversity of forms that environmentalism has taken over the last two centuries and opens our eyes to the promising new varieties of environmentalism that are emerging today.   Through a series of richly contextualized case studies, Benson shows us how and why particular groups of people—from naturalists in Napoleonic France in the 1790s to global climate change activists today—adopted the concept of environment and adapted it to their specific needs and challenges. Bold and deeply researched, Surroundings challenges much of what we think we know about what an environment is, why we should care about it, and how we can protect it.

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Authors & Contributors
Robinson, Sally R.
Shandley, Robert
McCann, Janet
Turner, James Morton
Voskuhl, Adelheid Clara
Casado de Otaola, Santos
Cornell University Press
Texas A and M University
Texas A&M University
Harvard University
University of California Press
Éditions La Découverte
Science and society
Nature and its relationship to culture; human-nature relationships
Environmental history
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, late
17th century
18th century
21st century
United States
New York (U.S.)
Alps (Europe)
Appalachian region (North America)

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