Glossary

This is a glossary of concept terms for students of environmental and economic history. Many of these are essentially contested concepts, which means they have no stable definition. People debate their meaning and may change their meaning with every new use. Please let me know if you have suggestions for revision or would like a term added.

A

Agency

Atlantic World

Autonomous Actor (or Rational Resource Maximizer)

Agency

B

Borderlands

Bureaucracy

C

Cap and Trade

Carbon Tax

Columbian Exchange

Commodity (see also: Supply Chain)

Class

D

E

Embededness

Ethnicity (see also: Race)

F

Firm

G

H

Hybridity

I

Institution

Invisible Hand

J

K

L

M

Markets

Moral Economy

N

Narrative

Network

O

P

Pacific World

Performativity

Q

R

Race (see also: Ethnicity)

Rangelands

S

Supply Chain (or Commodity Supply Chain, or Value Chain)

T

Time (including Deep Time and Historical Time)

Trade Association

Triangle Trade

U

V

W

X

Y

Z

Numbers and Symbols

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