Encyclopedia of World Environmental History

Home>Sustainability, World History>Encyclopedia of World Environmental History

Encyclopedia of World Environmental History


The definitive reference source on the human relationship with nature throughout history, the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History provides much-needed explanation of urgent social and environmental issues in articles replete with the stories of human and natural history.

SKU: ENVHIST Categories: , Tag:


Created by Berkshire and originally published by Routledge, the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History is, according to the eminent US historian William Cronon, “the most ambitious effort yet to offer a comprehensive overview of the long-term history of human interactions with  the natural world on a truly planetary scale. Contributors include some of the world’s leading environmental historians and the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History will be a standard  reference tool for years to come.”

World historians, anthropologists, geographers, and biologists from around the world have pooled their knowledge to trace the interaction of humankind and nature over the course of human history, across cultures, and in the modern world. In more than 500 accessible, lively articles emphasizing cross-cultural exchange, diffusion, and change over time, these scholars demonstrate why the approaches of environmental history are having such wide influence. This essential work belongs in any collection serving world history, ecology, environmental studies, geography, or environmental science programs.

The distinguished editors — J.R. McNeill, Carolyn Merchant, and Shepard Krech III — are assisted by an international editorial advisory board of senior scholars, with contributors including Donald Worster, Alfred Crosby, William H. McNeill, and James Lovelock. Featuring up-to-date coverage of the latest developments in the field, this fascinating new work belongs in any collection serving world history, ecology, environmental studies, geography, or environmental science programs.



We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Additional information


Shepard Krech III, Brown University, John R. McNeill, Georgetown University, Carolyn Merchant, University of California, Berkeley

Editorial Board

Carole Crumley, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Mark Elvin, Australian National University, Susan Flader, University of Missouri, Columbia, Don D. Fowler, University of Nevada, Reno, Margaretta Lovell, University of California, Berkeley, James C. McCann, Boston University, Vera Norwood, University of New Mexico, Cheryl Oakes, Duke University, Douglas R. Weiner, University of Arizona, Verena Winiwarter, University of Vienna, John Wirth, Stanford University












  1. Booklist

    Comprehensive…Well-written…A worthwhile investment for those in need of a scholarly reference on this timely topic as there are no other single works that provide comparable breadth and authoritative coverage…Recommended for academic, public, and special libraries.

  2. Choice

    Will be welcomed by students and scholars who can benefit from the presentation of EH [Environmental History] in a separate comprehensive source… Provides extensive coverage of EH… This work is unique and will be useful to scholars, students, and policy analysts. Recommended.

  3. Library Journal

    Much [content] is unique… Buy where demand is high for environmental histories in large public and academic libraries.

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.


Go to Top