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Historical perspectives


Key Papers

Chakrabarti, R. 2009. Local people and the global tiger: an environmental history of the Sundarbans. Global Environment 2:72-95.  Download


Karanth, K. K., and S. Kudalkar. 2017. History, location, and species matter: insights for human–wildlife conflict mitigation from India. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 22:331-346.  External resource


Kareri, M. 2021. Parks and people: expropriation of nature and multispecies alienation in Nthongoni, eastern Kenya. Conservation and Society 19:248-258.  External resource

Oommen, M. A. 2019. The elephant in the room: histories of place, memory and conflict with wildlife along a Southern Indian forest fringe. Environment and History 25:269-300.  External resource


Pooley, S. 2018. Descent with modification: critical use of historical evidence for conservation. Conservation Letters 11:e12437.  Download


Pooley, S. 2016. The entangled relations of humans and Nile crocodiles in Africa, c.1840-1992. Environment and History 22:421-454.  External resource  


Rust, N. A., and N. Taylor. 2016. Carnivores, colonization, and conflict: a qualitative case study on the intersectional persecution of predators and people in Namibia. Anthrozoos 29:653-667.  External resource


Sands, D. 2022. Dewilding 'wolf-land' exploring the historical dimensions of human-wildlife conflict and coexistence in Ireland. Conservation and Society 20:257-267.  Download

van der Ploeg, J., M. van Weerd, and G. A. Persoon. 2011. A cultural history of crocodiles in the Philippines: towards a new peace pact? Environment and History 17:229-264.  External resource


van Eeden, L. M., B. P. Smith, M. S. Crowther, C. R. Dickman, and T. M. Newsome. 2019. ‘The dingo menace’: an historic survey on graziers’ management of an Australian carnivore. Pacific Conservation Biology 25:245-256.  External resource

Walker, B. L. 2013. Animals and the intimacy of history. History and Theory 52:45-67.  External resource

Books and book chapters

Adams, W. M. 2013. Against extinction: the story of conservation. Earthscan.  External resource


Anderson, D., and R. H. Grove. 1989. Conservation in Africa: peoples, policies and practice. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.  External resource

Brockington, D. 2002. Fortress conservation: the preservation of the Mkomazi Game Reserve, Tanzania. International African Institute.  External resource


Cronon, W. 1995. The trouble with wilderness. Pages 69-90 in W. Cronon, editor. Uncommon ground: toward reinventing nature. W.W. Norton, New York.  External resource


Dowie, M. 2011. Conservation refugees: the hundred-year conflict between global conservation and native peoples. MIT Press.  External resource


Flores, D. 2016. Coyote America: a natural and supernatural history. Basic Books.  External resource


Knight, J. 2000. Natural enemies: people-wildlife conflicts in anthropological perspective. Routledge.  External resource


Lambert, R. A. 2015. Environmental history and conservation conflicts. Pages 49-63 in J. C. Young, K. A. Wood, R. J. Gutiérrez, and S. M. Redpath, editors. Conflicts in conservation: navigating towards solutions. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.  External resource


Lewis, M. 2004. Inventing global ecology: tracking the biodiversity ideal in India, 1945-1997. Ohio University Press.  External resource


Pooley, S. 2013. No tears for the crocodiles: representations of Nile crocodiles and the extermination furore in Zululand, South Africa, from 1956–8. Pages 142-162 in W. Beinart, K. Middleton, and S. Pooley, editors. Wild things: nature and the social imagination. White Horse Press.  External resource


Powell, J., J. C. Axmacher, J. D. C. Linnell, and S. M. Durant. 2021. Diverse locations and a long history: historical context for urban leopards (Panthera pardus) in the early anthropocene from Seoul, Korea. Frontiers in Conservation Science 2.  Download

Rabinowitz, A. 2015. An indomitable beast: the remarkable journey of the jaguar. Island Press.  External resource


Shetler, J. B. 2007. Imagining Serengeti: a history of landscape memory in Tanzania from earliest times to the present. Ohio University Press.  External resource

Somerville, K. 2016. Ivory: power and poaching in Africa. Hurst.  External resource

Somerville, K. 2019. Humans and lions: conflict, conservation and coexistence. Taylor & Francis.  External resource

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