A old geographer that I know once asked me, “Isn’t environmental history just historical geography?” and then we had a long talk about methodology, the agency of non-human actors, and interdisciplinary research in general. I think I convinced him that EH is a field in its own right, though it may simply have been a case of my dad letting me win an argument. In any case, I’m absolutely convinced that maps are a very important part of any presentation of historical research, and I’ve made a few attempts to pick up GIS skills at Georgetown.
Professor Dagomar Degroot interviewed by PhD Candidate Robynne Mellor on the Climate History Podcast
As part of HistoricalClimatology.com's Climate History podcast, PhD candidate Robynne Mellor sat down with Professor Dagomar Degroot to discuss his new book, The Frigid Golden Age: Climate Change, the Little Ice Age, and the Dutch Republic, 1560-1720. Though Degroot, who is the director of Historical Climatology, usually conducts the interviews, in this episode, he agrees to sit on the other side of the mic as the interviewee.
In the podcast, episode eight of the series, Degroot and Mellor talk about a range of topics including the main themes of the book, the process of writing and publishing, and how US and Canadian higher education compare.
The podcast will be of interest not only to scholars of climate change and the Dutch Republic, but also to those who are about to embark on a career in environmental history, as Degroot answers all of questions Mellor has about the field as she reaches the final stages of her doctorate.