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An Environmental History of Canada

Throughout history most people have associated northern North America with wilderness, abundant fish and game, snow-capped mountains, and endless forest and prairie. Canada’s contemporary picture gallery, however, contains more disturbing images – deforested mountains, empty fisheries, and melting ice caps. Adopting both a chronological and a thematic approach, Laurel MacDowell examines human interactions with the land, and the origins of our current environmental crisis, from First Peoples to the Kyoto Protocol. This richly illustrated exploration of the past from an environmental perspective will change the way Canadians and others around the world think about – and look at – Canada.

352 pages

Table of Contents


Part 1: Aboriginal Peoples and Settlers

1 Encountering a New Land

2 Settling the Land and Transforming the “Wilderness”

Part 2: Industrialism, Reform, and Infrastructure

3 Early Cities and Urban Reform

4 The Conservation Movement

5 Mining Resources

6 Cars, Consumerism, and Suburbs

Part 3: Harnessing Nature, Harming Nature

7 Changing Energy Regimes

8 Water

9 The Contested World of Food and Agriculture

Part 4: The Environmental Era

10 The Environmental Movement and Public Policy

11 Parks and Wildlife

12 Coastal Fisheries

13 The North and Climate Change



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