Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History by Sean KherajInventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History by Sean Kheraj

Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History

bySean Kheraj

Paperback | August 1, 2013

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In the early hours of 15 December 2006, a powerful windstorm ripped through Vancouver. The city’s residents awoke to discover Stanley Park, their most treasured landmark, transformed into a tangle of splintered, fallen trees. Their anguish revealed more than just an attachment to their memories of the park – it marked the end of a romanticized vision of timeless natural space.

In Inventing Stanley Park, Sean Kheraj traces how this tension between popular expectations of idealized wilderness and the volatility of complex ecosystems helped shape one of the world’s most famous urban parks. Using an environmental history approach, Kheraj not only describes the natural and cultural forces that moulded the park’s landscape, he also reveals the roots of our complex relationship with nature. Released to coincide with Stanley Park’s 125th anniversary, this book offers a revealing meditation on the interrelationship between nature, culture, parks policy, and public memory.

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Sean Kheraj is an assistant professor in the Department of History at York University.
Title:Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:August 1, 2013Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0774824255

ISBN - 13:9780774824255


Table of Contents

Foreword: Between Art and Nature / Graeme Wynn

Introduction: Knowing Nature through History

1 Before Stanley Park

2 Making the Park Public

3 Improving Nature

4 The City in the Park

5 Restoring Nature

Conclusion: Reconciliation with Disturbance

Notes; Bibliography; Index

Editorial Reviews

This alluring and magnificently illustrated work adds to and revises established interpretations of the processes of urban park creation in North America. - from the Foreword by Graeme Wynn