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Introduction: Hoffmann In The Historiography Of Environmental History

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Pre-modern environmental history has taken on a more consistent shape in the time since Richard Hoffmann became a practicing historian. Scholars in the United States took the lead in the formation of environmental history. Environmental history is both new and old. Pre-modern environmental history has benefitted from the general interest in ecology that has emerged in the last half century. Richard Hoffmann has joined others as a proponent of training historians in the necessary sub-disciplines or related disciplines. The shape of pre-modern environmental history has in part been dictated by the pursuit of novel findings, no matter the source. In the minds of historians attacking the pre-modern era, people can be actors who aff ect their environment. Pre-modern environmental history, in part because of its varied roots, leaves its doors open to a whole range of historians.

Keywords: environmental history; historians; Richard Hoffmann



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