Global Environmental History

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Global Environmental History

Fall 2020

Taught By: Aaron Jakes

Section: A

CRN: 8720

Credits: 4

Hardly a day goes by without news of the many ways in which climate change is reshaping societies around the world. These days, the influence of environmental transformation on human experience seems plainly obvious. But until quite recently, historians and other social scientists tended to narrate the histories of global societies and cultures as the outcomes of human action alone. Strongly influenced by new environmentalist movements, environmental history emerged several decades ago as an effort to write the non-human world back into the making of human pasts. Though approaches vary, environmental history encompasses a wide array of projects concerning the effects (both intended and unintended) of human societies on the environment, the role of non-human nature in the making of human history, and the history of ideas about humans and the environment. We will begin by reading some classic texts that showcase the diversity of approaches to writing environmental history. The remainder of the course will cover major themes in the environmental history of global capitalist modernity. Topics will include: the many natures of pre-capitalist empire states, colonial capitalism and agrarian development, imperialism and the production of environmental knowledge, the making of global commodity frontiers, disease and the environment, energy regimes and the rise of petro-politics, the city as environment, global food production, and the politics of climate change. Environmental history is an inherently inter-disciplinary field, and students from all majors and departments are welcome. Course counts towards credit in the Capitalism Studies Minor.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (LHIS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:32am 11/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 9/1/2020 - 12/17/2020