10 Best Environmental History Books that Will Change How You See the Environment


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Environmental history is simply the study of the relationship between nature and human over time and space. Historians of this very field not only focus on how humans change nature throughout history but also analyze how nature influence human affairs. In this list, you’ll find the 10 best books written on environmental history.

10. Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England (by William Cronon)

9. Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 (by Alfred W. Crosby)

8. Inescapable Ecologies: A History of Environment, Disease, and Knowledge (by Linda Nash)

7. Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914 (by John Robert McNeill)

6. Nature's Economy: A History of Ecological Ideas (by Donald Worster)

5. Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America (by Virginia DeJohn Anderson)

4. Crimes Against Nature: Squatters, Poachers, Thieves, and the Hidden History of American Conservation (by Karl Jacoby)

3. Down to Earth: Nature's Role in American History (by Ted Steinberg)

2. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (by Jared Diamond)

1. Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World (by John Robert McNeill)


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