In this module, we will examine the developing historiography about the relationship between industrialization and the concept of the anthropocene. We will begin with a lecture which surveys the last 250 years of environmental history. Then, we will examine two articles which attempt to situate the notion of the anthropocene within a historiographical context.
By the end of this meeting, you will
- Be able to explain what environmental history is and how it developed over the course of the 20th century.
- Define the multiple meanings of the anthropocene.
- Mary Shelley. Frankenstein. New York: Penguin Classics, 2007. (ISBN: 978-0-14-310503-9).
- Mary Shelley. “Preface” to Frankenstein (London, 1831).
- Jason M. Kelly. “Death, Utility, and Education, Part 1: Dissection and the Public Good.” (25 June 2013).
- Jonsson, Fredrik Albritton. “The Industrial Revolution in the Anthropocene.” The Journal of Modern History 84, no. 3 (September 1, 2012): 679–696.
- Steffen, Will, Jacques Grinevald, Paul Crutzen, and John McNeill. “The Anthropocene: Conceptual and Historical Perspectives.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 369, no. 1938 (March 13, 2011): 842–867.
- You must complete the History Publication Report for the articles by Frederik Albritton Jonsson and Will Steffen, et al. Be sure to upload copies to your Oncourse Dropbox AS WELL AS the Assignments tab before class. Also, bring copies (either printed or digital) with you for class discussion. I will be grading this week’s assignment.
- anthropocene, Great Divergence, Great Acceleration, industrialization, conservation, resilience, environmental history