Extreme Civil War: Guerrilla Warfare, Environment, and Race on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier

Extreme Civil War

Matthew M. Stith, Extreme Civil War: Guerrilla Warfare, Environment, and Race on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier (Louisiana State University Press, 2016)

This is an important contribution to the growing literature on the environmental dimensions of the American Civil War. In this study of the western frontier Stith joins the scholars who are providing the richest environmental perspectives that we yet have on any modern industrial war, as that campaign opened the way to environmental conquest of the western United States and then across the Pacific.

NASOH annual conference 2018

NASOH Conference

St. Charles, Missouri
May 20-23, 2018

From the Rivers to the Oceans:
Inland Maritime History and the Nexus of Fresh and Salt Water


North America’s many navigable lakes and rivers have played defining roles in the history of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. War, commerce, exploration, recreation, and leisure, all played out over time on their banks and waters. Under the theme “From the Rivers to the Oceans,” the 2018 annual conference of the North American Society of Oceanic History (NASOH) seeks paper and panel proposals that explore the rich history of inland waters and spaces of convergence between fresh and salt waters. The program committee is particularly interested in papers and panels that address questions of freshwater environments, the relationship between inland water-borne commerce and urban growth, the place of rivers and lakes in the inland transportation system of indigenous and colonial peoples, the movement of people, goods, and ideas in the making of the West and other regions, the history of science, exploration, and mapping, the marine archaeology of shipwrecks and inland cultural sights obscured and revealed by dynamic river systems, and the place of war, military, and naval affairs. While the program committee will assign preference to these themes, it will also give full consideration to papers and panels focusing on oceanic environments.

Individual papers are welcome, but full sessions with three papers and a chair are preferred. A complete proposal must include a brief 500-word abstract for each paper and a one-page panel abstract (for complete panels), and a brief bio for each participant, including panel chairs. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to submit proposals. NASOH offers travel stipends to partly defray the cost of graduate student travel. The conference will provide accommodations for PowerPoint presentations, but any other special requirements, including audio-visual equipment, special outlets, or accommodations for disabilities should be noted in the proposal. Scholars interested in chairing sessions are welcome to send a brief bio to the Program Committee. All participants must register for the conference and be members of NASOH in good standing.

Please send paper and panel proposals to NASOH2018 @ gmail . com no later than February 1, 2018.

More info here.

Summer School on the Environmental History of the First World War

Peronne Historial Summer School

July 2-7, 2018
Péronne, Somme, France

The Centre International de Recherche de l’Historial de la Grande Guerre in France, in cooperation with several other institutions, invites applications for a summer school for an international group of 20-30 MA and PhD students, on July 2-7. This year’s theme is The Environmental History of the First World War.  The languages of the summer school are both French and English.  A participant’s French need not be fluent.

More info and registration can be found here.