Welcome to Dr. Dan Allosso’s American Environmental History site, environmentalhistory.us

Environmental History is about looking at the past as if the environment mattered. Not that long ago the world seemed so big and human actions so small that it was easy to ignore our effect on the world around us. Today we understand that people have a big impact on our surroundings. And we're becoming aware that our environment has played a big part in our individual lives and our cultures. Instead of a neutral backdrop, the environment is now recognized as a powerful shaper of human choices. That is, history.

This website is based on my own ongoing study of Environmental History and contains a lot of content from the undergraduate course I teach at a major American university (
UMass/Amherst). Who am I? I was originally trained as an Agricultural and Resource Economist, but then I went to work in high technology for a couple of decades. More recently, I went back to school for a Masters Degree in Latin American History and a PhD in Environmental History and U.S. Social and Cultural History.

This material may be useful to college students and motivated high school or home school students --- and it’s also for anyone who wants to better understand how we got to where we are today, and where we might go from here.



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This is the first part of a three-part textbook I’m putting together to bring my course material to a wider audience.


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Click the image above to visit the Library and see all the books I’ve reviewed.

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This is last year’s poster for the class I’m teaching again this spring for the third time, beginning January 19th, 2016.