Required Books

Carolyn Merchant, Major Problems in Environmental History
William Cronon, Uncommon Ground
Alfred Crosby, Columbian Exchange
Timothy Silver, A New Face on the Countryside
Donald Worster, Dust Bowl
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Richard White, The Organic Machine


Major Problems in Environmental History serves as the textbook for this course and is the basis for many of our class discussions. At each class meeting you must be prepared to discuss the topic in the context of the assigned reading in the Merchant book. Do not fall behind in reading this book or it will make your reading more difficult when you read the other books.

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