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"'On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic' in Environmental History"

This paper examines the reception of Marsh’s ideas in New Zealand in the 1870s along with the ideas of the largely-forgotten Titus Smith about human impacts upon the vegetation of Nova Scotia in the nineteenth century, prompting reflection upon the relevance of tales of environmental understanding from two colonial realms for the practice of environmental history in the twenty-first century.

"Weeds, People and Contested Places"

The author explores some of the expressions of the changes in human perceptions of, and responses to, a group of plants with which people have had to contend for places, and the deeper cultural significances of the contest itself. New Zealand’s discrete landscape and the settler society is the context in which Clayton further develops his analysis.