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Surroundings: A History of Environments and Environmentalisms

Etienne S. Benson


This book is a critical history of the concept of environment from the late eighteenth century to the present. Situating key episodes of that history in their material, social, cultural, and political contexts, it makes an argument for environmental pluralism—that is, for recognizing the profound variations in the way the concept of environment has been defined and put into practice in different times and places. Adopting this pluralistic perspective, the book argues, has several benefits. First, it provides both a more accurate and a more capacious account of the history of this multifarious ... More

Keywords: environment, environmentalism, environmentalists, history of science, environmental history, environmental humanities, conceptual history, intellectual history, Europe, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226706153
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226706320.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Etienne S. Benson, author
University of Pennsylvania