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The Nature of Canada

Intended to delight and provoke, these short, beautifully crafted essays, enlivened with photos and illustrations, explore how humans have engaged with the Canadian environment and what those interactions say about the nature of Canada. Tracing a path from the Ice Age to the Anthropocene, some of the foremost stars in the field of environmental history reflect on how we, as a nation, have idolized and found inspiration in nature even as fishers, fur traders, farmers, foresters, miners, and city planners have commodified it or tried to tame it. Their insights are just what we need as Canada attempts to reconcile the opposing goals of prosperity and preservation.

384 pages

Table of Contents


1 Nature and Nation / Graeme Wynn

2 Painting the Map Red / Graeme Wynn

3 Listening for Different Stories / Julie Cruikshank

4 Eldorado North? / Stephen J. Hornsby and Graeme Wynn

5 Back to the Land / Colin M. Coates

6 Nature We Cannot See / Graeme Wynn

7 The Wealth of Wilderness / Claire E. Campbell

8 Imagining the City / Michèle Dagenais

9 Never Just a Hole in the Ground / Arn Keeling and John Sandlos

10 Every Creeping Thing … / Ken Cruikshank

11 The Power of Canada / Steve Penfold

12 Questions of Scale / Tina Loo

13 A Gendered Sense of Nature / Joanna Dean

14 Advocates and Activists / Graeme Wynn, with Jennifer Bonnell

15 Climates of Our Times / Liza Piper

16 Time Chased Me Down, and I Stopped Looking Away / Heather E. McGregor


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