The Story of Vermont

A Natural and Cultural History, Second Edition

Christopher McGrory Klyza and Stephen C. Trombulak

In this second edition of their classic text, Klyza and Trombulak use the lens of interconnectedness to examine the geological, ecological, and cultural forces that came together to produce contemporary Vermont. They assess the changing landscape and its inhabitants from its pre-human evolution up to the present, with special focus on forests, open terrestrial habitats, and the aquatic environment. This edition features a new chapter covering from 1995 to 2013 and a thoroughly revised chapter on the futures of Vermont, which include discussions of Tropical Storm Irene, climate change, eco-regional planning, and the resurgence of interest in local food and energy production. Integrating key themes of ecological change into a historical narrative, this book imparts specific information about Vermont, speculates on its future, and fosters an appreciation of the complex synergy of forces that shaped this region. This volume will interest scholars, students, and Vermonters intrigued by the state’s long-term natural and human history.

Paper: $27.95 | E-book: $21.99
ISBN-13: 9781611684025
Pages: 256 | Size: 6 in. x 9 in.
Date Published: January 6, 2015


  • There is much to be proud of in our state’s natural and cultural histories, not the least of which is the fact that they can inspire thoughtful and engaging works such as The Story of Vermont.

    Vermont History
  • I appreciated the long scope of history The Story of Vermont covered and the intricacies of rural development it chronicles. It isn’t something to take to read on a beach on Lake Champlain, unless you want to know more about the lamprey that latch onto the fish there. So, maybe you should tuck it into your bag after all.

    North Country Public Radio

About the Author

Christopher M. Klyza

Christopher McGrory Klyza is Stafford Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Environmental Studies, Middlebury College. He is the author or editor of five books on conservation and environmental policy.

Stephen C. Trombulak

Stephen C. Trombulak is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology and Program in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College.

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