What is animal studies?

Last week I was lucky enough to be able to attend a BIRTHA funded symposium at the University of Bristol Department of Historical Studies on the subject of ‘Animals and Empire’ – involving a cross disciplinary approach to research in the form of animal studies. The day included papers on subjects as diverse as ‘MulesContinue reading “What is animal studies?”

Bill Cronon on Environmental History

Whenever anyone asks me about what era or ‘typology’ of history I most enjoy studying I generally respond with two small words: ‘environmental history’. Those of you who regularly read my posts will know that environmental history forms a profound base in my interests and my study and indeed I hope to write many moreContinue reading “Bill Cronon on Environmental History”

The notion of space in environmental history

I have just been reading the introduction to ‘Alaska’s Place in the West: From the Last Frontier To the Last Great Wilderness’ (Lawrence, 2010) by American environmental historian Roxanne Willis. One particular aspect of this short essay grabbed my attention: the notion of geographical space when it comes to constructing frameworks and, particularly in thisContinue reading “The notion of space in environmental history”

The English Wine Industry (a history of) – a neglected opportunity?

In recent years there has been a rising amount of media interest in English wines and the English wine trade. Hits on English wine websites have been increasing and sales in the shops rising. Why might this be? Certainly a general shift towards localism and regionalism regarding food and drink choices is one factor. GrowthContinue reading “The English Wine Industry (a history of) – a neglected opportunity?”