Environmental History

Visitors to the Environmental History section of the Davistown Museum website, please note our mixture of archives and ongoing publications, of which the Phenomenology of Biocatastrophe publicaton series, may be of most interest to website visitors. Our Environmental History section, the theme of which is Changes in the Land, is divided into a series of paradigms. The first two paradigms explore the environmental context for our study of the evolution of a bioregion inhabited by indigenous peoples (see our publication, Norumbega Reconsidered) into one explored and developed by the European settlers who brought or forged, then used the hand tools that are the subject of our Hand Tools in History publication series. Part of the mission of the Davistown Museum is to explore the links between New England’s First Nation peoples and the later florescence of a robust maritime, then industrial, culture, which obliterated most evidence of their existence. If we follow the dots of our environmental history into the 20th century, we inevitably encounter the phenomena of chemical fallout and biocatastrophe, which are the subjects of the next two paradigms in the Environmental History section. The last component of our Environmental History section is devoted to the archives of the Center for Biological Monitoring and its twenty year documentation of anthropogenic radioactivity, including a study of the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Co. as a regional point source for the creation of nuclear waste.

Readers of the NY Review of Books and other visitors to our website interested in our sponsorship of the publication series, Phenomenology of Biocatastrophe, can circumvent paradigms one through three and five by simply linking directly to our Biocatastrophe pdf files for volumes I, 2, and 3, which will be subject to weekly updates for an indefinite period of time. Our interest in comments and input on prepublication proofs of Biocatastrophe is explained in our preface at the beginning of the text. Visitors who wish to provide input, as criticism or corrections, or as additional information or suggestions, please visit our Blog and add your comments on this publication.

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Volume 15: Changes in the Land (draft)

Section A (draft in .pdf format)
  • Introduction
  • Paradigm I: Geological and Environmental Change
  • Paradigm II: Agricultural and Forestry Practices
  • Paradigm III: The Industrial Revolution and Chemical Fallout
  • Section B

  • Paradigm IV: The Age of Biocatastrophe
  • Phenomenology of Biocatastrophe Publication Series

    These documents are a perpetual work in progress!

    Volume 1: Essays on Biocatastrophe and the collapse of Global Consumer Society

    Volume 2: Biocatastrophe Lexicon: An Epigrammatic Journey Through the Tragedy of our Round-World Commons

    Volume 3: Biocatastrophe: The Legacy of Human Ecology: Toxins, Health Effects, Links, Appendices, and Bibliographies

    Volume 4:Antibiotic Resistant and Viral Infections

    Volume 5: Nano- and Microplastics as Vectors of Environmental Contaminants Bibliography

  • Kirkus Review of Biocatastrophe

    Paradigm V: Maine History and the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company

  • Center for Biological Monitoring Archives
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