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Lecture: Yale: Taking the Field: Soldiers, Nature, and Empire on American Frontiers: Amy Kohout

March 25 @ 4:00 pm

In the late nineteenth century, at a time when Americans were becoming more removed from nature than ever before, U.S. soldiers were uniquely positioned to understand and construct nature’s ongoing significance for their work and for the nation as a whole. American ideas and debates about nature evolved alongside discussions about the meaning of frontiers, about what kind of empire the United States should have, and about what it meant to be modern or to make “progress.” Soldiers stationed in the field were at the center of these debates, and military action in the expanding empire brought new environments into play.

In Taking the Field, Amy Kohout draws on the experiences of U.S. soldiers in both the Indian Wars and the Philippine-American War to explore the interconnected ideas about nature and empire circulating at the time.

For more information and registrationhttps://environmentalhistory.yale.edu/public-events/taking-field-soldiers-nature-and-empire-american-frontiers

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March 25
4:00 pm
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