Content Index

Stapledon’s suspicions of inductive science and reductionist economics, his concern with holism, ‘spiritual values’ and ‘the nature of things’ and his emphasis upon breadth of vision and the cultivation of the imagination was in stark contrast to many scientists of the day.

Detailed examination of the fabric records suggests that there is no simple, direct relationship between coal use and fabric repair costs. Complicating the relationship are a whole set of complex human systems involved in identification of decay, the style of restoration and management of the repair work.

This article compares Australian and Canadian forestry histories, with particular reference to New South Wales and British Columbia respectively.

After yellow fever was firmly ensconced via an ecological reconfiguration connected to sugar (c. 1640–90) it underpinned a military and political status quo, keeping Spanish America Spanish. After 1780, and particularly in the Haitian revolution, yellow fever undermined that status quo by assisting independence movements in the American tropics.

This paper suggests an approach for using different types of data sources, and for bringing together understandings of ecosystem dynamics and of people’s interaction with the environment, and thereby achieving ‘closure’ in a highly contested terrain.

Hassan comes to the subject from an economic history perspective, and the central theme of the book is the development, and the changing orientations of water policy.

This paper examines the origin and evolutionary role of microalgae, the phenomenon of harmful dinoflagellate blooms commonly referred to as red tides, their history in the Philippines since a regular annual occurrence in 1983, and the loss of livelihood, morbidity and even death caused through the human consumption of seafood contaminated by such toxins.

The issues discussed provide an interface between ‘green history’ and frameworks for sustainable development. An overview of groundwater exploitation is presented with case studies of low flows, the nitrate issue and salinisation of chalk aquifers.

A case study of beach pollution illustrates economic and political influences that have shaped environmental policy in Britain.

A frontier environmental history of Cossack settlers in the North Caucasus reveals some of the weaknesses of the Russian imperial mission.