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Moving Natures: Mobility and Environment in Canadian History

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Moving Natures

Ben Bradley (Editor)
Jay Young (Editor)
Colin M. Coates (Editor)
978-1-55238-861-7 (Institutional PDF)
978-1-55238-862-4 (ePub)
978-1-55238-863-1 (mobi)
$34.95 CAD / $34.95 USD
352 pages
25 b&w and 13 colour illustrations, 9 maps, 2 tables, notes, bibliography, index
Canadian History and Environment
June 2016


About the Book: 

Mobility - the movements of people, things, and ideas, as well as their associated cultural meanings - has been a key factor in shaping Canadians' perceptions of and interactions with their country. Approaching the burgeoning field of environmental history in Canada through the lens of mobility reveals some of the distinctive ways in which Canadians have come to terms with the country's climate and landscape.

Spanning Canada's diverse regions, throughout its history, from the closing of the age of sail to the contemporary era of just-on-time delivery, Moving Natures: Mobility and the Environment in Canadian History examines a wide range of topics, from the impact of seasonal climactic conditions on different transportation modes, to the environmental consequences of building mobility corridors and pathways, to the relationship between changing forms of mobility with tourism and other recreational activities. Contributors make use of traditional archival sources, as well as historical geographic information systems (HGIS), qualitative and quantitative analysis, and critical theory.

This thought-provoking collection divides the intersection of environmental and mobility history into two approaches. The chapters in the first section deal primarily with the construction and productive use of mobility technologies and infrastructure, as well as their environmental constraints and consequences. The chapters in the second section focus on consumers' uses of those vehicles and pathways: on pleasure travel, tourism, and recreational mobility. Together, they highlight three quintessentially Canadian themes: seasonality, links between mobility and natural resource development, and urbanites' experiences of the environment through mobility.

With contributions by:

Judy Burns
Jim Clifford
Ken Cruikshank
Jessica Dunkin
Elizabeth L. Jewett
Don Lafreniere
Elsa Lam
Maude-Emmanuelle Lambert
J.I. Little
Daniel Macfarlane
Merle Massie
Tor H. Oiamo
Joy Parr
Thomas Peace
Andrew Watson

About the Author(s): 

BEN BRADLEY is a Grant Notley Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta. His research examines the linkages between mobility, landscape, and mass culture in twentieth-century Canada.

JAY YOUNG is outreach officer at the Archives of Ontario and a founding editor of He completed his doctorate at York University in 2012 followed bya SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship in history at McMaster University.

COLIN M. COATES teaches environmental history and Canadian studies at York University. He is past president of the Canadian Studies Network–Réseau d’études canadiennes and was a member of the executive of NiCHE, the Network in Canadian History and Environment.