Historian, Professor, Sustainability Advocate

Jeremy L. CaradonnaPhD











"Fortes fortuna adiuvat"

"Fluctuat nec 
mergitur"

"In vino veritas" 


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Oxford University Press's description of Sustainability: A History


"The sustainability movement didn't emerge as a distinct social, environmental, or economic ideal until as recently as the 1980s, but today its presence is felt in nearly every area of our lives. 


In this lively and accessible book, Jeremy L. Caradonna approaches sustainability from a historical perspective, revealing the conditions that made possible the movement as it exists today. Sustainability has taken shape in recent decades, fueled by a growing awareness about climate change, peak oil, and the limits to economic growth. Yet Caradonna argues that very few people today have a clear understanding of the movement's historical underpinnings, or even a solid grasp on what exactly Sustainability: A Short History offers a very thorough definition of sustainability, in addition to an overview of its many applications in the 21st century--from permaculture to renewable energy to the local food movement. 


But crucially, Caradonna also places these developments within a historical lineage. Covering the period from the 1660s to the present day (and even the future), with particular attention placed on developments within Europe and North America, Caradonna considers the origins of sustainability across many fields. He discusses sustainable yield forestry and changing attitudes toward economics in the late 17th and 18th century; the Industrial Revolution and early critics of modernity; the birth of ecological economics and the environmental movement in the 1960s and '70s; the UN conferences of the 1980s and '90s that gave shape to sustainability and sustainable development; and the emergence of a concrete movement in the last decades of the 20th century."



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"This edited volume brings together original contributions on different aspects of the history of economic growth as a central and near-ubiquitous tenet of developmental strategies. The book addresses the origins and evolution of the growth paradigm from the seventeenth century up to the present day and also looks at sustainable development, sustainable growth, and degrowth as examples of alternative developmental models. By focusing on the mixed legacy of growth, both as a major source of expanded life expectancies and increased comfort, and as a destructive force harming personal livelihoods and threatening entire societies in the future, the editors seek to provide historical depth to the ongoing discussion on suitable principles of present and future global development." 


My contribution to the volume is Ch.7, which is on the problematic relationship between sustainable development and economic growth. 


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"If this impressive book were an entry in an eighteenth-century French academic concours, it would certainly deserve a prize. Jeremy L. Caradonna has taken an aspect of the French Enlightenment of which scholars have been vaguely aware and researched it thoroughly. He demonstrates the importance of academic prize competitions in the culture of the period and makes a persuasive case for his claim that his findings require us to recognize that the Enlightenment was a considerably more open and inclusive movement than has been previously realized." 


--Jeremy D. Popkin, University of Kentucky


"The Enlightenment in Practice is an excellent work of history, based on exceptionally thorough primary research and organized and written in an appealing fashion. It is an instructive pleasure to read." 

-- Kent Wright, Arizona State University

Buy Invaluable trees: cultures of nature, 1660-1830                                                             

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Ed. Laura Auricchio, Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook and Giulia Pacini
"Trees and tree products have long been central to human life and culture, taking on intensified significance during the long eighteenth century. In this interdisciplinary volume, contributors trace changes in early modern theories of resource management and ecology across European and North American landscapes, and show how different and sometimes contradictory practices were caught up in shifting conceptions of nature, social identity, physical health and moral wellbeing."


My essay on the history of deforestation appears in this edited volume. It demonstrates the growing awareness of woodland loss in the eighteenth century.