Land and Sea:
Environmental History in Atlantic Canada

Edited by Claire Campbell
and Robert Summerby-Murray

320 pp.

ISBN 978-0-919107-24-3
Paper $29.95

An original exploration of the relationship between people and the environment in Atlantic Canada, from the native-settler interactions of the 17th century to the present-day challenges of resource depletion and economic renewal. Major themes focus on how people have explained and understood the natural world, what we have learned from experiments in conservation and management, and how we have responded to environmental crisis and change. This wide-ranging collection features contributors from all four provinces and beyond, and is edited and introduced by Claire Campbell and Robert Summerby-Murray of Dalhousie University. The final chapter is an eloquent survey of the region's environmental history by the distinguished historical geographer Graeme Wynn, University of British Columbia.

INTRODUCTION

Claire Campbell and Robert Summerby-Murray
Environmental History in Atlantic Canada

Part 1: UNDERSTANDING THE NATURAL WORLD

Heather L. MacLeod
Responding to the Land:
Experiencing Nature in Nova Scotia, 1607-1900

Allan Dwyer
Liminality and Change in an Atlantic Borderland:
Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland in the 18th Century

Richard H. Field
Colonizing Nature:
Titus Smith Jr. and the Making of Nova Scotia, 1800-1850

Edward MacDonald
A Landscape . . . with Figures:
Tourism and Environment on Prince Edward Island

Part 2: EXPERIMENTS IN CONSERVATION
AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Jonathan Luedee
“Bare Rocks Instead of Fish”:
Local Fishers Respond to Resource Depletion
in the Bay Bulls Inshore Fishery, 1855-1863

Joshua D. MacFadyen
Drawing Lines in the Ice:
Regulating Mussel Mud Digging in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence

Bill Parenteau
Making “Room for Economy, Efficiency and Conservation”:
Progressive Forest Conservation in New Brunswick, 1900-1918

Mark J. McLaughlin
Green Shoots: Aerial Insecticide Spraying
and the Growth of Environmental Consciousness in New Brunswick, 1952-1973

Part 3: HISTORICAL SUSTAINABILITY:
COMMUNITY RESPONSE AND RESILIENCE

Alan MacEachern
“Popular by Our Misery”:
The International Response to the Miramichi Fire, 1825

David Freeland Duke and Allan J. Macdonald
Bad Blows and Big Storms:
Severe Weather and Community Response in the Annapolis Valley

Jacqueline D. Holmes and Justin B. Hollander
Regenerating Devastated Landscapes:
Moncton, New Brunswick and Sydney, Nova Scotia

Lanna Campbell and Colin P. Laroque
Using Tree Ring Analysis:
The Environmental History of Eastern White Cedar in Nova Scotia

EPILOGUE

Graeme Wynn
Reflections on the Environmental History of Atlantic Canada

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