AHS Classics: Rural History & Environmental History Australian Historical Studies

Australian Historical Studies

Welcome to the AHS Classics Special Virtual Issue from Australian Historical Studies on Rural History and Environmental History.

This AHS Classics Special Virtual Issue draws upon decades of discussion and debate in Australian Historical Studies about the relationships between peoples and their environments since 1788.  An introductory essay by Ruth Morgan outlines the economic, social, cultural, political and technological issues that have concerned historians of non-metropolitan Australia, including challenges to the dominant narrative of rural decline.  Morgan also charts the emergence of a distinctively Australian approach to environmental history that incorporates recognition of Indigenous knowledge and has, more recently, addressed global change and the Anthropocene.  

By transcending disciplinary and spatial boundaries, the work of historians have revealed the complexities of colonisation and the networks of exchange that influence how Australians managed and were influenced by environments, whether in rural or urban locations.  From today’s perspective, history is an important form of knowledge for making sense of environmental changes in the past, but also for looking forward into the unfolding twenty-first century.

In showcasing sixteen key articles by some of Australia’s most noteworthy historians, this volume is an indispensible guide for those seeking a deeper understanding of the significance and vibrancy of rural and environmental histories. 

The articles in this virtual special issue are currently free to view until the end of December 2017. To claim your access, simply click on the articles below.