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A Temperate Empire: Making Climate Change in Early America

Anya Zilberstein


Most people assume that climate change is recent news. A Temperate Empire: Making Climate Change in Early America shows that we have been debating the science and politics of climate change for a long time, since before the age of industrialization. Focusing on attempts to transform New England’s and Nova Scotia’s environments from the seventeenth through early nineteenth centuries, this book explores the ways that early Americans studied and tried to remake local climates according to their plans for colonial settlement and economic development. For officials, landowners, naturalists, and oth ... More

Keywords: British Empire, early North America, colonial America, Atlantic world, natural history, climate, New England, Nova Scotia, Anthropocene, climate science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190206598
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190206598.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anya Zilberstein, author
Associate Professor of History, Concordia University

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