Over the last couple of days we've had our first hard frost, started up the woodstove, and I've started writing my dissertation.

Yep. That.

It wasn't exactly Environmental History when I first thought it up. Or rather it was, but I didn't exactly realize it. In the meantime, though, I've replaced my original Committee Chair with an actual Environmental Historian. So in that sense, the delay was a good thing.


I found this illustration in the primary material I processed today. I'm starting with my narrative, thinking the boatload of historiography I've already done while pitching the prospectus will stand me in good stead. We'll see how that works out for me. In the meantime, I had some fun today because there are a bunch of new sources available for my introduction that I didn't get to see before. But it was slow going--partly because the sources were in Latin and Hochdeutsch. Hopefully once I get to the primary material I've already processed, I'll speed up.

Incidentally, the illustration below is what the story is all about, more or less.