Time and a Place: An Environmental History
of Prince Edward Island
Edward MacDonald, Irene Novaczek, and Joshua MacFadyen, editors
Co-published with McGill-Queens University Press
Time and a Place tracks PEI’s changes from the Ice Age to the Information Age. Putting PEI at the forefront of Canadian environmental history, It is a remarkable work that illuminates the numerous forces that shape and change ecosystems.
With its long and well-documented history, Prince Edward Island makes a compelling
case study for thousands of years of human interaction with a specific ecosystem. The pastoral landscapes, red sandstone cliffs, and small fishing villages of Canada’s “garden province” are appealing because they appear timeless, but they are as culturally constructed as they are shaped by the ebb and flow of the tides.
Bringing together experts from a multitude of disciplines, the essays in Time and
a Place explore the island’s marine and terrestrial environment from its prehistory
to its recent past. Beginning with PEI’s history as a blank slate – a land scraped
by ice and then surrounded by rising seas – this mosaic of essays documents the
arrival of flora, fauna, and humans, and the different ways these inhabitants have
lived in this place over time.