Edited by :Colin M. Coates ,
Edited by :Graeme Wynn
Imprint:On Point Press
Dimensions:9in x 6 x 0.9 in | 580 gr
Page Count:384 pages
Illustrations:72 b&w photos, 4 maps, 2 charts
Intended to delight and provoke, these short, beautifully crafted essays, enlivened with photos and illustrations, explore how humans have engaged with the Canadian environment and what those interactions say about the nature of Canada.
Tracing a path from the Ice Age to the Anthropocene, some of the foremost stars in the field of environmental history reflect on how we, as a nation, have idolized and found inspiration in nature even as fishers, fur traders, farmers, foresters, miners, and city planners have commodified it or tried to tame it. They also travel lesser known routes, revealing how Indigenous people listened to glaciers and what they have to tell us; and how even the nature we can’t see – the smallest of pathogens – has served the interests of some while threatening the very existence of others.
The Nature of Canada will make you think differently not only about Canada and its past but quite possibly about Canada and its future. Its insights are just what we need as Canada attempts to reconcile the opposing goals of prosperity and preservation.
Colin M. Coates is the author of The Metamorphoses of Landscape and Community in Early Quebec and editor of Canadian Countercultures and the Environment. He is an associate professor of Canadian studies at Glendon College, York University. Graeme Wynn is a geographer, the author of Canada and Arctic North America: An Environmental History, the president of the American Society for Environmental History, and the editor of the UBC Press Nature | History | Society book series.
Contributors: Jennifer Bonnell, Claire Campbell, Colin M. Coates, Julie Cruikshank, Ken Cruikshank, Michèle Dagenais, Joanna Dean, Stephen J. Hornsby, Arn Keeling, Tina Loo, Heather E. McGregor, Steve Penfold, Liza Piper, John Sandlos, Graeme Wynn
It's not often an environmentalist gets to say “Hug a book!” – but this is the one to embrace if you want to understand how nature is everything Canada is and will be. - Roy MacGregor, author of Original Highways: Travelling the Great Rivers of Canada
I found The Nature of Canada so engaged me that I read it with the unflagging interest and close attention I usually reserve for critically acclaimed novels. Innovative in its approach and ideas, it articulates a wide, unusual, and most welcome vision of Canada. - Sharon Butala, author of The Perfection of the Morning: An Apprenticeship in Nature
The Nature of Canada is a unique and wonderful collection of reflections by scholars who know how to pause in the midst of their work and articulate what is truly at stake in studying the past. These essays are thoughtful, engaging, and beautifully written – with each contribution offering at least one startling insight. - Mark Fiege, author of The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States
And what a showcase it is. Yet another accomplishment of indefatigable editors…- Ruth Morgan, director, Centre for Environmental History at Australian National University, NiCHE