The environment: an ‘out there’ idea?


How can historians use the term “environment” as an analytical tool? That was one of the questions of the opening paper of the first workshop of the Histories of Environmental Change research network presented by Paul Warde on 5 November 2010 at Cambridge. The paper entitle “The environment: an ‘out there’ idea?” explored the origins and changing meaning of ‘environment’ and how it developed its modern ecological meaning only very recently. Warde suggests that the word environment is molded by people’s oranisational outlook of the world and that this is a useful tool for historians for analyzing what is meant with “environmental and “the environment”.

See also blog post: Ecological stability and attitudes to the environment

Music credits

“Slither Away” by sunbyrn

“Aerofonia” by Mario Mattioli

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