Arcadia, a collaboration of the Rachel Carson Center and the European Society for Environmental History, publishes short, peer-reviewed environmental histories.

National Parks in Time and Space

Stora Sjöfallet National Park in Northern Sweden. Established in 1909 under Sweden's first major conservation legislature.

The creation of national parks – anywhere in the world – can only be understood in the context of the time and place in which this occurred.
— Jane Carruthers

The Rachel Carson Center and the European Society for Environmental History invite all scholars of nature conservation to contribute to this collection of short online entries about the creation of national parks around the world as part of the Arcadia project. In order to ensure a minimal coherency among these entries all contributors were asked to address the following questions: 1. What is the context of the time and place of your park’s creation? 2. What is particular about your park? 3. Are there transnational connections of special importance, e.g., to other parks or protected areas or conservation models?

Collection chair is Patrick Kupper
(Institute for History and European Ethnology, University of Innsbruck)

Information on how to contribute

Showing 1–15 of 22 results
Vlachos, Alexandra
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site
Arcadia, Spring 2017, no. 1
MacEachern, Alan
Banff Is … Hell? The Struggle of Being Canada’s First, Most Famous, and Most Visited National Park
Arcadia, Summer 2016, no. 10
Jones, Tom
“The Most Beautiful Valley in Japan”: Kamikōchi, the Japan Alps, and National Parks in Japan
Arcadia, Summer 2016, no. 8
Piccioni, Luigi
Nature, Beauty, Tourism: The Concurrent Roots of Abruzzo National Park
Arcadia, Spring 2016, no. 3
Leal, Claudia
More than a "Paper Park": Tayrona, a Caribbean Paradise
Arcadia 2015, no. 6
Wakild, Emily
Blurring Boundaries: Nahuel Huapi National Park
Arcadia 2015, no. 5
Hoenig, Bianca
Profoundly National Yet Transboundary: The Tatra National Parks
Arcadia 2014, no. 16
Ackermann, Elke
Evolution for World Heritage: The Galapagos Islands National Park
Arcadia 2014, no. 14
Wöbse, Anna-Katharina, Ziemek, Hans-Peter
A Muddy Transnational Park: The Wadden Sea
Arcadia 2014, no. 10
Kupper, Patrick, Wöbse, Anna-Katharina
A Latecoming Pioneer: Austria's Hohe Tauern National Park
Arcadia 2014, no. 9
Gissibl, Bernhard
A Laboratory for the Implementation of "Wilderness" in Central Europe—The Bavarian Forest National Park
Arcadia 2014, no. 4
Rodriguez, Steven
Bitten by Success: Conflicts Over Tourism Revenue and Natural Resources at Komodo National Park
Arcadia 2014, no. 3
Mauz, Isabelle
Nature Conservation in Ski Country? The Vanoise National Park
Arcadia 2014, no. 2
Rodriguez, Steven
“I Prefer to Die on the Mountain”: Local Resistance to National Park Development on Mount Merapi
Arcadia 2014, no. 1
Sandlos, John
Northern Bison Sanctuary or Big Ranch? Wood Buffalo National Park
Arcadia 2013, no. 19