Animals


Nature’s Past Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 30 Available

Episode 30 Environmental Histories of Montreal: 1 May 2012 [audio: http://niche-canada.org/files/sound/naturespast/natures-past30.mp3][49:44] Last year, the University of Pittsburgh Press published its first book on Canadian urban environmental history titled Metropolitan Natures: Environmental Histories of Montreal. This diverse collection of essays was edited by two leading scholars of Quebec environmental history, Stephane […]


Nature’s Past Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 27 Available

Episode 27 Wildlife Histories: 24 January 2012 [audio: http://niche-canada.org/files/sound/naturespast/natures-past27.mp3][43:05] Last year, in an effort to foster conversation and discussion among scholars, the journal Environmental History published a special forum of short essays on wildlife histories and the legacy of Peter Matthiessen’s 1959 book Wildlife in America, edited by Peter Alagona. […]


Public Lecture: Order and Animals in Nineteenth-Century Toronto

A couple of weeks ago, I gave a public lecture at the L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History titled “Order and Animals in Nineteenth-Century Toronto”. This lecture is based on my current research project on the history of urban animals and it focuses on the regulation of domestic animals in […]


Animals in War: Hidden Actors

My current research on the history of animals in Canadian cities has been motivated, in part, by my interest in examining overlooked aspects of the past. If nineteenth-century North American cities were replete with horses, pigs, chickens, and cattle, why do they seem so absent from urban history? This week […]


Environmental History’s Interdisciplinary Challenge: The Arts and Humanities

Environmental history is often characterized by the interdisciplinary character of its research. Since its earliest iteration in the 1970s, some of the leading scholars in field stressed the importance of integrating interdisciplinary insights into the study of the historical interrelationship between nature and society. In his 1990 article on the […]


Nature’s Past Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 16 Available

Episode 16 The Industrialization of Agriculture: September 28, 2010 [audio: http://niche-canada.org/files/sound/naturespast/natures-past16.mp3][44:24] From 1945 to the early 1970s, technological innovations helped to transform American agriculture. The introduction of industrial chemicals and new machinery to US farm operations in the decades after the Second World War ushered in, what some historians have […]