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Humanity in Hindsight

Erika Lorraine Milam

in Creatures of Cain

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780691181882
eISBN:
9780691185095
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691181882.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter considers the retrospective literature on Charles Darwin's work. These views on Darwin's intellectual development and legacy, such as that posited by Loren Eiseley, began the way many ... More


The Second Kamchatka Expedition and the Empires of Nature

Ryan Tucker Jones

in Empire of Extinction: Russians and the North Pacific's Strange Beasts of the Sea, 1741-1867

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199343416
eISBN:
9780199373819
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199343416.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, Cultural History

Chapter 1 tells the story of Vitus Bering’s second voyage of discovery (1739–1745) from an environmental angle. Young natural historians Georg Wilhelm Steller and Stepan Krasheninnikov accompanied ... More


Natural History and Civil Cameralism

Fredrik Albritton Jonsson

in Enlightenment's Frontier: The Scottish Highlands and the Origins of Environmentalism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300162547
eISBN:
9780300163742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300162547.003.0003
Subject:
History, Environmental History

This chapter aims to present a retelling of the internal colonization of northern Scotland and the major role played by natural historians in this event. In order to account for their motives and ... More


Enlightenment's Frontier: The Scottish Highlands and the Origins of Environmentalism

Fredrik Albritton Jonsson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300162547
eISBN:
9780300163742
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300162547.001.0001
Subject:
History, Environmental History

This book investigates the environmental roots of the Scottish Enlightenment. What was the place of the natural world in Adam Smith's famous defense of free trade? The author recovers the forgotten ... More


Dreams of a Boreal Empire, Nightmares of a Polar Vortex: The Arctic

James Schwoch

in Wired into Nature: The Telegraph and the North American Frontier

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041778
eISBN:
9780252050459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041778.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter discusses the failed efforts of the government, military, and Western Union to build a telegraph route in the 1860s across Alaska, beneath the Bering Strait, and into Europe via the ... More


“In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World”: The Natural History of Henry David Thoreau

Joel Porte

in Consciousness and Culture: Emerson and Thoreau Reviewed

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104462
eISBN:
9780300130577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104462.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines the works of Henry David Thoreau related to natural history. It explains that Thoreau throughout his life produced writing that can be located in the genre of natural history ... More


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