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Special Collection

Nature and Nations

Collection launched: 12 Aug 2019
The essays in this special issue show what historians can contribute to the emerging field of environmental humanities. They focus on the interplay between natures and nations. Natural icons have served as resources for nation-building from soaring eagles to national parks, and the relationship goes equally in reverse: natures change when seen through the lens of national sentiments. The essays aim for a meta-narrative that supersedes ongoing debates over whether nations are good for nature, and vice versa. On a planet where natural icons and national identities are invariably entangled, historians can foster a much-needed culture of self-observation.