'Ian Rotherham, a passionate and prolific scholar, has offered many works for researchers’ consideration. His 2014 Eco-history is a textbook, field manual, and polemic rolled into one. Rich in lists, annotation, and illustrations,the book frames the present by establishing and exploring past conditions. Although the author never defines eco-history, readers come to understand it as a relevant and activist environmental history that includes informedconservation and renaturing efforts as parts of its agenda. According to Rotherham, there is no shortage of subjects for this program of activism, as people inhabit a degraded creation. He keeps count of the lost and the imperilled. He lists the major types of primeval landscapes that existed in Europe and traces changes up through the present. He points out that “past exploitation systems proved fatallyflawed”'.
This extract is from a major book review essay in the current edition of the Social Sciences Journal.
The full essay can be read online or downloaded free from the Wildtrack Store:
Book Review Essay in the Social Sciences Journal
The SYBRG team