Australian Historical Studies recently published its second Classics Virtual Special Issue, ‘Rural History & Environmental History’. These Virtual Special Issues, as publisher Taylor & Francis like to refer to them, are a curated selection of previously published AHS articles (hence the term classics), alongside an introductory essay.

This online-only issue draws upon decades of discussion and debate in the journal about the relationships between peoples and their environments since 1788. It includes an excellent introductory essay by Dr Ruth Morgan which outlines the issues that have concerned historians of non-metropolitan Australia, and features a selection of sixteen previously published AHS papers.

All articles are free to access until 31 December 2017:

Image: Nicholas Chevalier, ‘Mallee Scrub, River Murray, N.S.W’, 1871, NLA.