Category: Bookshelf

Book review: Fire: A Brief History (Second Edition) by Stephen J. Pyne

This book review was written by Annika Spenger, one of the students in the Environmental Studies Certificate Program at the Rachel Carson Center. By Annika Spenger “We are truly a species touched by fire” (p. 24)—Stephen J. Pyne’s book Fire: A Brief History focuses… Continue Reading “Book review: Fire: A Brief History (Second Edition) by Stephen J. Pyne”

Bookshelf: The Breakthrough of Environmental History

Review of Stormflod by Bo Poulsen (Aarhus University Press, 2019) By Katie Ritson This book is volume 24 in the high profile series “100 Histories of Denmark” published by Aarhus University Press, which over eight years will see a range of historians present the… Continue Reading “Bookshelf: The Breakthrough of Environmental History”

Book Review: Quest for the Unity of Knowledge, by David Lowenthal

by Eugenio Luciano “Two modes of understanding dominate the history of ideas. One posits the overarching unity of knowledge, the other cherishes its multifarious diversity. Unity is the goal of those who seek a single all-encompassing explanation of everything. Diversity is lauded by those… Continue Reading “Book Review: Quest for the Unity of Knowledge, by David Lowenthal”

Q&A with Jessica J. Lee

For this Bookshelf post, we asked author and RCC alumna Jessica J. Lee a few questions about her work and her 2017 book, Turning: A Swimming Memoir. What is the subject of your book and how did it come about? Turning is a hybrid… Continue Reading “Q&A with Jessica J. Lee”

Review of “Disrupted Landscapes: State, Peasants and the Politics of Land in Postsocialist Romania” by Stefan Dorondel

by Marco Armiero Marco Armiero is director of the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. This post originally appeared on Entitle Blog – A Collaborative Writing Project on Political Ecology and is reposted with kind permission of the author. How… Continue Reading “Review of “Disrupted Landscapes: State, Peasants and the Politics of Land in Postsocialist Romania” by Stefan Dorondel”

Bookshelf Special Feature Part 2: National Park Science

A Review of National Park Science: Jane Carruthers’ Magnum Opus  by Bernhard Gißibl * Part 1 features Jane Carruthers’ introduction to her book and a comment by Libby Robin. A full review of National Park Science by Bernhard Gißibl will appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Environment… Continue Reading “Bookshelf Special Feature Part 2: National Park Science”

Bookshelf Special Feature Part 1: National Park Science by Jane Carruthers

We were delighted to welcome Jane Carruthers back to the Rachel Carson Center this autumn. Jane has a longstanding relationship with the RCC; she served on its advisory board for six years, the latter three as its chair, and was a great influence on… Continue Reading “Bookshelf Special Feature Part 1: National Park Science by Jane Carruthers”

Paradigm Shifts in Environmental Thinking: Autonomous Nature by Carolyn Merchant

by Yan Gao Carolyn Merchant’s book Autonomous Nature traces paradigmatic shifts in environmental thinking from a long-term perspective. Derived from her ever-enduring interest in and perpetual investigations of chaos and complexity theories, Merchant probes into the roots and evolution of the terms natura naturans… Continue Reading “Paradigm Shifts in Environmental Thinking: Autonomous Nature by Carolyn Merchant”

Toward a Beautiful Rural Life

by Zhen Wang Jenny Chio’s book A Landscape of Travel: The Work of Tourism in Rural Ethnic China attracted me because of its connection to my current research project at the Rachel Carson Center. One of the reasons for this is that we share… Continue Reading “Toward a Beautiful Rural Life”

Bookshelf: The Troubled History of Environmentalism

By Bob Wilson   The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation by Adam Rome The Light-Green Society: Ecology and Technological Modernity in France, 1960-2000 by Michael Bess Seeing Green: The Use and Abuse of American Environmental… Continue Reading “Bookshelf: The Troubled History of Environmentalism”