An Environmental History of the Boston Harbor Islands
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
In this book, Pavla Šimková reinterprets the Boston Harbor Islands as an urban archipelago, arguing that they have been an integral part of Boston since colonial days, transformed by the city's changing values and catering to its current needs. Drawing on archival sources, historic maps and photographs, and diaries from island residents, this absorbing study attests that the harbor islands' story is central to understanding the ways in which Boston has both shaped and been shaped by its environment over time.
"Šimková crafts a riveting scholarly book which details the relationship between the Boston Harbor Islands and the mainland city of Boston, Massachusetts."—Island Studies Journal
"Written in a confident and engaging style, Urban Archipelago will prove educational and enlightening to historical scholars and anyone interested in Boston history and the Boston Harbor Islands."—James C. O'Connell, author of The Hub's Metropolis: Greater Boston's Development from Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth
"Urban Archipelago tackles an important and timely topic and makes an invaluable contribution to the scholarly literature on islands, harbors, cities, and the environment. Šimková provides a sophisticated and readable treatment of a significant and understudied subject.”—Michael Rawson, author of Eden on the Charles: The Making of Boston