ASEH Conference 2015

The annual conference of the American Society for Environmental History will be in Washington, D.C. on 18-21 March. Early registration will end on February 28th, so be sure to sign up soon.

We will hold our annual War and Environment breakfast on Thursday morning the 19th at 7:15, to discuss our network’s activities and pursue networking. Following the breakfast, at 8:30 that morning, there is a panel on “Empire, Revolution and Local Governance: Military-Environmental Convergence.” On Sunday there will be a field trip to Antietam National Battlefield and Harpers Ferry led by Lisa Brady, Tim Silver and Gerry Fitzgerald. To register for the breakfast and/or the field trip, Find more information at the conference website here.

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World War 1 Anniversary Relevant Conferences and Papers

The Global Environmental Dimensions of World War I

Roundtable for American Society for Environmental History Conference, March 12-16, 2014

Joseph Hupy, “The Battle of Verdun: The Legacy a Century Later”

Tait Keller, “Nature and War on the Frontiers of Empires, 1914-1918”

Thaddeus Sunseri, “Environmental Dimensions of World War I in Africa”

Jack Hayes, “Ecosystems and World War I in East Asia”

Environmental Dimensions of World War I

Panel at Society for Military History, April 5, 2014

Tait Keller, “The Global Reach of the Great War: An Environmental Approach”

Byron Pearson, “An Organization of Splendid Efficiency: The Incredible Accomplishments of the

Engineers during World War I”

Gerard J. Fitzgerald, “The Chemists’ War: Medical and Environmental Consequences of Chemical

Warfare during World War I”

World War I and the Environment: Extracting Global Natural Resources

Panel for World Conference on Environmental History, July 7-11, 2014

Tait Keller, “A Baneful Harvest: Agriculture and the Arming of Nations in the First World

Richard Tucker “Caffeine, the Indispensable Stimulant: Tea and Coffee Production for

Dan Tamïr, “Enter Petroleum: The War and the Debut of Oil on the Global Stage”

Discussant: Roger Chickering

Environmental History and World War I

Rachel Carson Center Workshop, Washington, D.C., August 4-5, 2014

   First panel: Extracting Global Natural Resources

      Roy MacLeod: “The ‘Minerals Sanction’: The Great War and the Conservation and Use of

      Dan Tamir: “Something New under the Fog of War: World War I and the Debut of Oil on the

      Jack Hayes: “World War I Environments, Military Actions, and Resource Management in East

      Tait Keller: “Extracting the Energy of Empires”

   Second panel: Agro-ecosystems, Food Supplies and Animals

      Alice Weinreb: “Beans are Bullets, Potatoes are Powder: Food as a Weapon of War during the

      Ernst Langthaler: “Dissolution before Dissolution: Agro-Food Chains in Austro-Hungary in the

      Ingo Heidbrink: “World War I: The Unexpected Stimulus for the Beginning of Global Over-

      Gene Tempest: “Horses Have No Country: American Equines and the Global Military

      Marketplace, 1899-1917”

   Third panel: The Middle East – Ecosystems, Resources, Refugees, and Famine

      Maria Six-Hohenbalken: “Upper Mesopotamia during World War I: Humanitarian Catastrophes

      and Commercial Intentions – Sources from Austrian Archives”

      Steven Serels: “Starving for Someone Else’s Fight: The First World War and Famine in the Red

      Zachary Foster: “Why are Famines so Deadly in the Modern Period? Syria during World War I”

      Graham Pitts: “The Famine of World War I and the Creation of Lebanon”

   Fourth panel: Additional Dimensions

      James Lewis: “Foresters at War: World War I and the Transformation of American Timber

      Anna-Katharina Wőbse: “Disruption and Recommencement: International Conservation

      Networks and World War I”

      Gerard Fitzgerald: “The Chemist’s War: Edgewood Arsenal, World War I, and the Birth of a

      Militarized Landscape”

      Frank Uekoetter: “Memories in Mud: Reflections on the Environmental Legacy of the Great

  Roger Chickering: Concluding Observations

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World War I and the Environment

The centennial of World War I begins a year from now; there will be a vast international discussion of the Great War over the following four years and more.  So we want to bring the environmental dimension of the war’s legacies to people’s awareness – both academics and the broader public.  We have proposed panels for the ASEH conference in San Francisco next March and the World Conference on Environmental History (WCEH) in Guimaraes, Portugal on July 7-14 next year.  The deadline for proposals for WCEH is this August 31, so there is still time to organize proposals.  See the website: <wceh2014.org>.

In addition, there will be many other possible venues for presenting our work, including the annual conference of SMH, the Society for Military History, which will be in Kansas City on April 3-6 (see <smh-hq.org>), hosted in part by the National World War I Museum there.  We are building bridges between ASEH and SMH, so anyone with ideas for that conference should check the website; the deadline for proposals is October 1.  We note also WHA, the World History Association (<thewha.org>), which will hold its annual conference in San Jose, Costa Rica, on July 15-18, 2014, as well as other regional symposia.

Our opportunities will extend for the four years of the centennial, and we should consider many ways of presenting our work.  We have created a bibliographic section on that war on our Bibliography page; we invite additional contributions to that or any section of the growing bibliography.

In addition, we are building an email list of anyone interested in research on that war, to keep in touch with each other’s work and proposals, including ideas about innovative venues: public places, veterans’ organizations, etc.  If you would like to be added to that list, send a message to Richard.

Keep watching for our further development of the project page on the Centennial.