What is the subject of this site?

This site brings together researchers and their work on any aspect of war’s environmental consequences throughout history and around the world.  Warfare’s complex impacts on both natural and managed ecosystems, including extraction of natural resources, are a constant dimension of environmental history, as well as today’s global challenges.  Our network explores links with several more widely recognized fields, including environmental history, historical geography, military history and geography, political and economic history, war and society, ecology, and peace studies.

We consider a wide range of interactions between mass conflict and environmental change.  Our primary focus is on the ecological impacts and legacies (both short and long term) of wars and the preparation for conflict.  The subject includes the many ways that climate and weather, geography and terrain, soils and water have shaped and been shaped by military operations. 


What is in the site?

One page presents news of research on the relationship between mass conflict and environmental change through history.  Here we post news of conferences and calls for papers, conference reports, and other updates and announcements.    Another page is a bibliography of important works in this subject area; the bibliography also points users to publications in related fields that set contexts for our main theme. 

One page is a member directory, which lists each member’s contact information and will soon feature members’ ongoing research interests.  We are developing a members blog that will provide a setting for ongoing conversations on a wide range of topics in this rapidly developing field, as well as reports of new research.

We are also developing a page on teaching resources, including syllabi that members have developed.  In the future it will include other teaching materials as well.  Finally, a separate page lists links to related sites. 

We encourage wide participation in developing this site.  We invite you to send us suggestions for additional topics, and for materials including visuals that can be used in our teaching.


Who are we?

In 2018 this site is hosted by Richard Tucker and Sam Shingledecker.  

Please send inquiries and other communications to rptucker@umich.edu.