Review: Droughts, Floods & Cyclones

REVIEW: Don Garden, Droughts, Floods & Cyclones: El Niños that Shaped our Colonial Past, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, 2009, 414 pp., ISBN 978 1 921 509 38 4. CHRIS O’BRIEN1 Don Garden’s Droughts, Floods and Cyclones is an arresting read. As lucid...

Review: Nature and Power

REVIEW: Joachim Radkau, Nature and Power: A Global History of the Environment. Cambridge University Press, 2008. 407 pp., ISBN 9780521616737. EDWARD D. MELILLO1 If, as Donald Worster has suggested, ‘environmental history begins in the belly’, Joachim Radkau is among...

Biologists and History

John Andrews Writing history can at times appear to be something of a free-for-all. There is apparently room for everybody from enthusiastic amateurs to those with professional qualifications and experience including, it seems, biologists. Normally those engaged in...

Editorial Introduction

James Beattie Several treats are in store in the second issue of the year. Professor John Andrews reflects on the fascinating interconnections between biology and history, why awareness of history plays a central role in various biological sciences as well as the role...