Time and a Place


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

Table of Contents and Introduction

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.

416 pages, 6 x 9, 60 images
ISBN 978-0-7735-4692-0

ISBN 978-0-7735-4693-6

The variety of conversations this collection opens up about time and a place are vital to exposing, and hopefully addressing, the multitude of ongoing environmental issues we face and the roles islands play in their unfolding.

Elizabeth L. Jewett, Early Canadian history


Time and a Place featured on New Books Network, April 22, 2019. Audio conversation between the authors and Ryan Tripp.

Early Canadian History, July 24, 2017

Review in Island Studies Journal, May 2017, Volume 12, No. 1. Reviewer Pete Hay descibes the book as “what an environmental history should be.”

Review in Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region, April 5, 2017
Neil S. Forkey writes, “this collection is a perfect addition to graduate-level reading lists specifically, and to Atlantic regional history and environmental history generally.”

An important resource to direct the Island’s future,” CBC News, July 16, 2016

Two of the three editors, Irene Novaczek (left) and Ed MacDonald receive a PEI Museum Heritage Award for Time and a Place from Hon. Frank Lewis, Lt. Gov. of Prince Edward Island.

Listen to an interview with Ed MacDonald on Mainstreet PEI.