Interview: John Opie

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Environmental Analysis (Pomona)

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John Opie, environmental history, interview


One of the founders of the ASEH and this journal, John Opie is not only a pioneer in the field of environmental history, but also a gifted photographer. In this wideranging interview he discusses, among many topics, the link between his professional interests and his passion for photography, his early years in Chicago, his role in the genesis of this journal, and the themes of his major books and articles. And he speaks candidly, as perhaps only an emeritus professor can, about the motive that inspires all of us: “passion for a better world than we have so far created and endured.”

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