Urban History


ASEH 2013: International Perspectives on Urban Animals in the Nineteenth Century 1

Animal history will be well-represented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History this week in Toronto. If you are already interested in attending the Saturday morning panel, “Controlling Animals? Human and Animal Agency in North America” featuring Susan Nance, Jessica Wang, Jennifer Bonnell, and Tina Adcock, […]


Exploring the Geography of Urban Animals in Nineteenth-Century Toronto 6

This summer I have been busy wading into some very rudimentary historical geography for my current research project on the history of animals in Canadian urban environments. Like all historical geography research, I think, my intent has been to see whether or not spatial patterns emerge when looking at the […]


CHESS 2012: Upcoming Talk on the History of Winnipeg’s Central Market

This weekend I am in Guelph, Ontario for the 2012 Canadian History and Environment Summer School, an annual gathering of environmental history faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students affiliated with NiCHE. This is one of the most interesting environmental history events and I look forward to attending each year. The […]


Nature’s Past Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 28 Available

Episode 28 Winnipeg Beach: 22 February 2012 [audio: http://niche-canada.org/files/sound/naturespast/natures-past28.mp3][34:28] In the late decades of the nineteenth century, urban North Americans sought refuge from congestion, noise, and pollution. As the environmental problems of industrial cities grew worse, city councils across the continent established urban parks while federal governments in both Canada […]


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 […]


H-Net Book Review: Environmental History between the Pavement

Below is a copy of my recently published review of Zachary Falck’s Weeds: An Environmental History of Metropolitan America. You can also download a PDF copy here. Zachary J. S. Falck. Weeds: An Environmental History of Metropolitan America. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010. Illustrations. 280 pp. $40.00 (cloth), ISBN […]