[History 1914. The History of Environmental Activism]

Why do some human beings step forward to defend the non-human? It has been unusual, in human history, to express concern for the non-human parts of nature; to do something politically relevant with that concern is rarer still. In this class, we will examine the history of why and how people have done both.  We will trace the origins of environmental ideas, broadly defined, and then the historical processes by which activism on behalf of the environment has become part of national and global cultures.  As well, we will analyze different media and modes for expressing environmentalist action, as they have developed over time.  And we will interrogate the character and role of the activist.
Notes: Likely offered in Fall 2020.






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