Welcome to Dr. Dan Allosso’s Environmental History website, 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 taught for several years at
The University of Massachusetts at Amherst. This material may be useful to college students and motivated high school or home school students --- and also for anyone who wants to better understand how we got to where we are today, and where we might go from here.


A new, improved, expanded version of American Environmental History is available now! 15 chapters covering my entire course (you can see a summary of the Contents here). A good textbook or supplement for an undergraduate or advanced high school/homeschool course. And an unbeatable price! Check it out on Amazon!

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

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The poster for the class I’m teaching again this spring for the third time, beginning January 19th, 2016.


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This is a link to my lecture videos from my UMass class.