History from the Ground Up

Historical Ecology and Temporality in Colonial British Columbia

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Abstract

Academic historiography generally emphasizes the diachronic processes of colonial landscape change in the New World; much less has been written about how such transformations were interpreted on the ground, at the time. This chapter examines the history of 19th-century forest clearance in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia, from the perspective of colonists actively engaged in improving the land. It argues that people experienced change in very different ways, ways which do not always corroborate the dominant view of history as progressive. This is because notions of temporality were forged in synchronic moments – the product of human actions entangled with a changing landscape that conditioned and enabled different ways of seeing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploring Atlantic Transitions
Subtitle of host publicationArchaeologies of Transience and Permanence in New Found Lands
EditorsPeter E. Pope, Shannon Lewis-Simpson
Place of PublicationWoodbridge, Suffolk
PublisherBoydell Press
Pages103-114
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781843838593
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2013

Publication series

NameSociety for Post Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series

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History
Historical Ecology
British Columbia
Temporality
Colonies
Human Action
Forest Clearance
Historiography
Colonists
Landscape Change
Diachrony

Keywords

  • British Columbia
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Time
  • Settlement history
  • colonization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

Cite this

Oliver, J. M. (2013). History from the Ground Up: Historical Ecology and Temporality in Colonial British Columbia. In P. E. Pope, & S. Lewis-Simpson (Eds.), Exploring Atlantic Transitions: Archaeologies of Transience and Permanence in New Found Lands (pp. 103-114). (Society for Post Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series). Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press.

History from the Ground Up : Historical Ecology and Temporality in Colonial British Columbia. / Oliver, Jeffry Monson.

Exploring Atlantic Transitions: Archaeologies of Transience and Permanence in New Found Lands. ed. / Peter E. Pope; Shannon Lewis-Simpson. Woodbridge, Suffolk : Boydell Press, 2013. p. 103-114 (Society for Post Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Oliver, JM 2013, History from the Ground Up: Historical Ecology and Temporality in Colonial British Columbia. in PE Pope & S Lewis-Simpson (eds), Exploring Atlantic Transitions: Archaeologies of Transience and Permanence in New Found Lands. Society for Post Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series, Boydell Press, Woodbridge, Suffolk, pp. 103-114.
Oliver JM. History from the Ground Up: Historical Ecology and Temporality in Colonial British Columbia. In Pope PE, Lewis-Simpson S, editors, Exploring Atlantic Transitions: Archaeologies of Transience and Permanence in New Found Lands. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press. 2013. p. 103-114. (Society for Post Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series).
Oliver, Jeffry Monson. / History from the Ground Up : Historical Ecology and Temporality in Colonial British Columbia. Exploring Atlantic Transitions: Archaeologies of Transience and Permanence in New Found Lands. editor / Peter E. Pope ; Shannon Lewis-Simpson. Woodbridge, Suffolk : Boydell Press, 2013. pp. 103-114 (Society for Post Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series).
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