National Parks as Cosmopolitics


Like few other topics, the study of national parks and equivalent protected areas has the potential to open the writing of environmental history towards ongoing discussions over transnational and global history, the history of development and foreign aid, and the recently burgeoning studies of cosmopolitanisms in the humanities and social sciences. This article explains how a renewed emphasis of the cosmopolitan aspects of conservationist park making could help to acknowledge the genuine moral commitment of activists to the future wellbeing of humankind and planet.