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STS.038 Energy and Environment in American History: 1705-2005, Fall 2006

Windmills in a wind farm, mountains in the background.
A wind farm. (Image courtesy of Joel Carranza.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features an extensive list of readings with corresponding reading questions as well as a copy of its final exam.

Course Description

A survey of how America has become the world's largest consumer of energy. Explores American history from the perspective of energy and its relationship to politics, diplomacy, the economy, science and technology, labor, culture, and the environment. Topics include muscle and water power in early America, coal and the Industrial Revolution, electrification, energy consumption in the home, oil and U.S. foreign policy, automobiles and suburbanization, nuclear power, OPEC and the 70's energy crisis, global warming, and possible paths for the future.


Prof. Peter Shulman

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session



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