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“On the eve of the Second World War, Mexico led the world in number of national parks. The Mexican government designated hundreds of thousands of hectares in fourteen states as national parks by 1940, during a time when the country was still recovering from the tumultuous revolution and civil war of the century’s second decade. Although the idea of national parks is typically associated with being the “best idea” of the United States, it was Mexico that led the way in the 1930s. Why Mexico?
In Revolutionary Parks, Emily Wakild tells us that the parks communicated the ideals of the social revolution in Mexico, espousing social justice while implementing the tools of rational science.”
Prof. Jacob Darwin Hamblin leads an all star cast in another excellent H-Environment Roundtable Review. Panelists this time include: Sterling Evans, the Louise Welsh Chair of History at the University of Oklahoma; Adrian Howkins, Associate Professor of History at Colorado State University, Fort Collins; Curt Meine, an expert on Aldo Leopold and is a scholar of conservation principles; and Cynthia Radding, is Gussenhoven Distinguished Professor of Latin American Studies and Professor of History at the University of North Carolina.
“In the 1920s, anything that could be canned, was: Can Cookery employs canned veal loaf, canned cod cakes, canned lobster, and canned strawberries as well as more familiar fruits and vegetables and of course tuna fish.”
Historian Anita Guerrini explores the history of canned food in her latest post on Anatomia Animalia.
“Of course, offensive speech does not justify murder… But I think these most responses evade, rather than engage, the moral dimensions that surround satire.” Read more of Joseph Orosco’s insightful response on The Anarres Project for Alternative Futures website.
Jacob Darwin Hamblin’s essay on how “seeing the oceans” has changed over time was published in the June 2014 issue of Isis. The title is “Seeing the Oceans in the Shadow of Bergen Values.” It begins with a discussion of how the oceanographer Roger Revelle is lionized today because of his role collecting data on the carbon cycle, and for having inspired many people (including Al Gore). As he says in the essay, “historians examining documents from 1950s oceanography will look in vain for this hero of the environmental movement. Oceanographers of that era were more likely to be found helping to blow up atolls in the Pacific than trying to save the earth.”
History of Science graduate students Tamara Caulkins and Matt McConnell review and discuss the recent WW1 panel discussion held at the Special Collections and Archives Research Center.
Read their full article on the History of Science
You can watch all four presentations on the Citizenship and Crisis homepage at:
With that in mind I want to provide a brief list of books that I have found helpful as I have tried to gain a better understanding of the war in which my great-uncle died. This is by no means an extensive list – there have been thousands of books written about the war and I have not even scratched the surface. Still, you have to begin somewhere. If you find any of these interesting, do what trained historians do – keep reading!
You can read the full list of WW1 must-read books on Dr. Rubert’s blog ‘Exploring WW1.’