Dr. Williams is a professor of geography and the director of the Environmental Change and Management program at the University of Oxford, Oxford, England OXI 3TB.
“THE END OF MODERN HISTORY”?*
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1998 American Geographical Society
Volume 88, Issue 2, pages 275–300, April 1998
How to Cite
WILLIAMS, M. (1998), “THE END OF MODERN HISTORY”?. Geographical Review, 88: 275–300. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.1998.tb00109.x
I acknowledge with gratitude the critiques and helpful suggestions of David Lowenthal, David Livingstone, and Craig Colten on earlier versions of this article. The views, expressed, however, are entirely my own.
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- environmental history;
- historical geography;
- human-land relationships;
- land settlement;
- resource exploitation;
- soil erosion;
- water control
ABSTRACT. The first half of the twentieth century marked both an end to confidence in human control of the earth and a prelude to the contemporary era of intense environmental concern after 1950. This conspectus of the environmental history/historical geography of the transitional years between 1900 and 1950 focuses on rising concerns over resource supplies and exploitation, particularly land settlement, timber supplies, soil erosion, and river-basin control. Conservation and the pervasiveness of ecological thinking and analogy form a strong underlying theme.