In Inventing Stanley Park, environmental historian Sean Kheraj examines how this tension between popular expectations of idealized wilderness and the volatility of complex ecosystems helped shape one of the world's most famous urban parks. Drawing on a wealth of illustrations and the insights of environmental history, Kheraj not only describes and depicts the natural and cultural forces that shaped the park's landscape, he also reveals the roots of our complex relationship with nature.
Released to coincide with Stanley Park's 125th anniversary, this book offers a revealing meditation on the interrelationship between nature, culture, parks policy, and public memory.
Joy Parr, one of Canada's premier historians, tackles this question by exploring situations in the recent past when state-driven megaprojects such as chemical plants, dams, nuclear reactors, transportation corridors, and new regulatory regimes forced people to cope with radical transformations in their work and home environments. In each case, the familiar was transformed so thoroughly that residents no longer recognized where they lived or, by implication, who they were.
Sensing Changes and its associated website, http://megaprojects.uwo.ca, make a key contribution to environmental history and the emerging field of sensory history. This study offers a timely, prescient perspective on how humans make sense of the world in the face of rapid environmental change.
Donald Edward Davis discusses the degradation of the southern Appalachians on a number of levels, from the general effects of settlement and industry to the extinction of the American chestnut due to blight and logging in the early 1900s. This portrait of environmental destruction is echoed by the human struggle to survive in one of our nation's poorest areas. The farming, livestock raising, dam building, and pearl and logging industries that have gradually destroyed this region have also been the livelihood of the Appalachian people. The author explores the sometimes conflicting needs of humans and nature in the mountains while presenting impressive and comprehensive research on the increasingly threatened environment of the southern Appalachians.
Illustrated with evocative images of the Canadian wilderness of yesteryear and supported by historical case studies, States of Nature will appeal to historians, policy makers, and wildlife managers, as well as to general readers fascinated by the natural world and its champions.
Bonnell explains how for more than two centuries the Don has served as a source of raw materials, a sink for wastes, and a place of refuge for people pushed to the edges of society, as well as the site of numerous improvement schemes that have attempted to harness the river and its valley to build a prosperous metropolis. Exploring the interrelationship between urban residents and their natural environments, she shows how successive generations of Toronto residents have imagined the Don as an opportunity, a refuge, and an eyesore. Combining extensive research with in-depth analysis, Reclaiming the Don will be a must-read for anyone interested in the history of Toronto’s development.
One of the oldest metropolitan areas in North America, Montreal
has evolved from a remote fur trading post in New France into an
international center for services and technology. A city and an island
located at the confluence of the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers, it is
uniquely situated to serve as an international port while also providing
rail access to the Canadian interior. The historic capital of the
Province of Canada, once Canada’s foremost metropolis, Montreal has a
multifaceted cultural heritage drawn from European and North American
influences. Thanks to its rich past, the city offers an ideal setting
for the study of an evolving urban environment.
presents original histories of the diverse environments that constitue
Montreal and it region. It explores the agricultural and industrial
transformation of the metropolitan area, the interaction of city and
hinterland, and the interplay of humans and nature. The fourteen
chapters cover a wide range of issues, from landscape representations
during the colonial era to urban encroachments on the Kahnawake Mohawk
reservation on the south shore of the island, from the 1918–1920 Spanish
flu epidemic and its ensuing human environmental modifications to the
urban sprawl characteristic of North America during the postwar period.
Situations that politicize the environment are discussed as well,
including the economic and class dynamics of flood relief, highways
built to facilitate recreational access for the middle class,
power-generating facilities that invade pristine rural areas, and the
elitist environmental hegemony of fox hunting. Additional chapters
examine human attempts to control the urban environment through street
planning, waterway construction, water supply, and sewerage.