An Environmental History of Canada

Laurel Sefton MacDowell

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  • Published: July 2012
  • Subject Listing: Environmental History
  • Bibliographic information: 352 pp.
  • Territorial rights: U. S. rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

¢ Traces how Canada’s colonial and national development contributed to modern environmental problems such as urban sprawl, the collapse of fisheries, and climate change
¢ Includes over 200 photographs, maps, figures, and sidebar discussions on key figures, concepts, and cases
¢ Offers concise definitions of environmental concepts
¢ Ties Canadian history to issues relevant to contemporary society
¢ Introduces students to a new, dynamic approach to the past

Throughout history most people have associated northern North America with wilderness - with snow-capped mountains, endless forest and prairie, myriad lakes, and abundant fish and game. Canada’s contemporary picture gallery, however, contains more disturbing images - melting ice caps, deforestation, polluted waterways, and depleted fisheries. Adopting both a chronological and thematic approach, Laurel MacDowell explores human interactions with the land, and the origins of our current environmental crisis, from first peoples to the Kyoto Protocol. This richly illustrated exploration of the past from an environmental perspective will change the way Canadians and others around the world think about - and look at - Canada.

Laurel Sefton MacDowell is Professor of History in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto.

Part 1: Aboriginal Peoples and Settlers
1. Encountering a New Land
2. Settling the Land and Transforming the "Wilderness"

Part 2: Industrialism, Reform, and Infrastructure
3. Early Cities and Urban Reform
4. The Conservation Movement
5. Mining Resources
6. Cars, Consumerism, and Suburbs

Part 3: Harnessing Nature, Harming Nature
7. Changing Energy Regimes
8. Water
9. The Contested World of Food and Agriculture

Part 4: The Environmental Era
10. The Environmental Movement and Public Policy
11. Parks and Wildlife
12. Coastal Fisheries
13. The North and Climate Change