Recent publications August 2018

New publications august

After lots of hard work and a long wait, several crucial resources for our project are finally out in publication.

David Bello, Across Forest, Steppe, and Mountain: Environment, Identity, and Empire in Qing China’s Borderlands (Cambridge University Press, 2016). This is a major addition to the steadily advancing literature on the environmental history of China and its vast and varying border regions, by a leading China specialist at Washington and Lee University.

John Agbonifo, Environment and Conflict: The Place and Logic of Collective Action in the Niger Delta (Routledge, 2018).  The collision between the global petroleum industry, Nigeria’s government and military, and the ethnic peoples of the Niger Delta, has been a notorious example of social and environmental degradation.  This is an impressive study by a leading Nigerian historian.

Jason W. Smith, To Master the Boundless Sea: The U.S. Navy, the Marine Environment, and the Cartography of Empire (University of North Carolina Press, 2018).  The work of a military / environmental historian at Southern Connecticut State University, this is a substantial addition to the literature on the ecological dimensions of imperialism and military power.

Sam White, The Little Ice Age and Europe’s Encounter with North America (Harvard University Press, 2017), and Dagomar Degroot, The Frigid Golden Age: Climate Change, the Little Ice Age, and the Dutch Republic, 1560-1720 (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Two path-breaking works on the seventeenth century by leading climate historians, these books probe the imperial Dutch and British navies in the Age of Conquest, in the setting of environmental history.

Simo Laakkonen, Richard Tucker, and Timo Vuorisalo, eds., The Long Shadows: A Global Environmental History of the Second World War (Oregon State University Press, 2017).  With essays by seventeen scholars in Europe and North America, including chapters on Asia, Africa and Latin America, this is the first broadly based environmental history of the world-engulfing cataclysm.

Richard P. Tucker, Tait Keller, J.R. McNeill, and Martin Schmid,eds., Environmental Histories of the First World War (Cambridge University Press, 2018). The work of fourteen scholars on four continents, this new collection complements The Long Shadows and two other multi-author volumes on the environmental history of the Second World War, which are forthcoming in 2019.

Changing Landscapes: The Environment of the Second World War

Second World War Research Group, North America Workshop

Mississippi State University

23-24 September 2018 

A workshop organised the Second World War Research Group, North America, in conjunction with the Department of History, Mississippi State University, MSU-Meridian, The National World War II Museum, New Orleans, and the Society for Military History. 

Keynote Speaker: Dr Robert Citino

Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian at the National World War II Museum

War is shaped by the environments – physical and human – in which it takes place. At many points during the Second World War, the struggles of armies, navies, and air forces against environmental factors were as fierce as any campaign waged against an enemy. The complexities of the global war provide a rich background for the evaluation of the intersections between the environment and other categories of analysis, such as race, gender, politics, disease, and the changing tactical landscapes of the clash of arms. The Second World War Research Group, North America invites interested scholars, students, and members of the public to attend our workshop and help explore these questions in September 2018.

The keynote address will be given by Robert Citino, award-winning military historian and author of ten books including The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943 (2012), Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942 (2007), and The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years’ War to the Third Reich (2005). In addition to Dr. Citino’s keynote, papers will be presented by distinguished World War II scholars from the United States and Canada. Confirmed speakers include Conrad Crane (US Army Heritage and Education Center), Benjamin Jones (Dakota State), Robert Engen (Royal Military College of Canada), Robert Jefferson (New Mexico), Kristin Mulready-Stone (Naval War College), Philip Rutherford (Marshall), and Katrin Paehler (Illinois State) The workshop is hosted by the Second World War Research Group, North America, in conjunction with the Department of History, Mississippi State University, MSU-Meridian, The National World War II Museum, New Orleans, and the Society for Military History. 

Registration Rate: Free. Attendees are still asked to register for the workshop in advance, sending the following information to the listed contact email:


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Dr. Kathryn Barbier, Professor of History, Mississippi State University


ASEH 2019

Columbus, OH
April 10-14, 2019

More info here.

See our special session on the 1920’s and 1930’s here.