Pursuing Environmental History on India’s Himalayas: Challenges and Rewards


The Himalayas exemplify all the complexity and distinctiveness of mountain systems around the world. To study history in these mountains is inevitably to study environmental history, the interactions between human communities and their natural settings. The diversity of the region also creates challenges: administrative archives are scattered and disorganized, on-site work is necessarily seasonal, and researchers must negotiate political borders and questions of nationalism and the colonial legacy.

DOI: doi.org/10.5282/rcc/6532