This issue of the “Journal of Frontier Studies” we dedicate to the brilliant Australian scientist Deborah Bird Rose, who unexpectedly passed away in December last year. Born in the United States, she nevertheless connected her life with Australia. Having begun to study the cultures of the indigenous people of this continent, she did a lot for the aborigines, helping them to defend their rights to land. Acquaintance with Aboriginal culture has had a huge impact on her worldview. She was introduced to completely different principles of perception of the world around her, in which a person is not declared a “King of Nature”, but is perceived as an integral element of the universe, closely related to other Beings on the Earth. This vision has led her to a new ecological paradigm that closely blended Western philosophy with the traditional worldview of the indigenous people of the continent. It is this that has determined its desire to protect not only the rights of the aborigines, but also a variety of local fauna, whose existence was threatened by the modern system of exploitation of the resources of the continent.
But there is nothing surprising in this “turnaround” of her scientific career, as the environmental shift in frontier studies has become the most popular one in the modern world. In this Preface, the Editor shows how Western Humanities has long been looking for new directions in the study of man in inseparable connection with the environment. The Preface also provides a brief analysis of the most significant representatives of such a relative new direction of historical science as “environmental history”.
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