4. Industrialization and the Anthropocene


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

  1. Be able to explain what environmental history is and how it developed over the course of the 20th century.
  2. Define the multiple meanings of the anthropocene.


Reading Questions:

Optional Readings:


  • 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


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