ASEH Conference – 2017 – Sessions on War and Environment

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Thursday, March 30

8:30 to 10:00: The Cold War, the American West, and the Environment

A Comparative Analysis of the Environmental Effects of Cold War: Uranium Mining in Grants, New Mexico. Robynne Mellor, Georgetown University

Incident at Galisteo: The 1955 Teapot Series and the Mental Landscape of Contamination. Leisl Carr Childers, University of Northern Iowa

A Military-Industrial Cleanup: The End of the Cold War and the Remediation of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. Curtis Foxley, University of Oklahoma

Chair: Richard Tucker, University of Michigan

10:30 to 12:00: The Struggle for Survival: War, Nationalism, and Natural Resources

Germany’s ‘Wooden Walls’: Timber as a Strategic Raw Material during the First World War. Jeffrey K. Wilson, California State University, Sacramento

Global Trading Giant or “Have-Not” Country? Natural and National Resource Anxieties in 1930s Japan. Eric Dinmore, Hampden-Sydney College

Serving His Nation: Carl Schenck, the Timber Trade, and German Remilitarization, 1918-1945. Scott Moranda, SUNY Cortland

A Member of the Food Chain: Primary Productivity from the Third Reich to the International Biological Program, 1930- 1974. Adam Lawrence, University of California, Los Angeles

Chair: Richard Tucker, University of Michigan

3:30 – 5:00: Strategic Nature: World War II and the Mobilization of the American Environment (Roundtable)

Kellen Backer, Syracuse University; Jean A. Mansavage, U.S. Air Force Historical Studies Office; Kent Curtis, Ohio State University; Ryan Edgington, Independent Scholar; Chris Rein, U.S. Army, Combat Studies Institute, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Moderator: Tom Robertson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Friday, March 31

8:30 – 10:00: Drained, Dumped, and Despoiled: War and Peace in the Great Lakes of Europe

The “Peaceful Conquest” of Kopaïda. David Idol, University of California, San Diego

Dumped Munitions in Swiss Lakes – A Historical Perspective on Military Waste Management. Elodie Charrière, Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva, and Rémi Baudouï, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Geneva School of Social Sciences, University of Geneva

The European Great Lakes: A Divided History. Simo Laakkonen, University of Turku

Chair: Sarah R. Hamilton, Auburn University

Saturday, April 1

8:30 – 10:00: Incidental Landscapes of War: Military Manipulation, Commodification, and Utilization of Nature

“To leave delightful fields for barren wilderness”: Ordering Wilderness Landscapes during the American Revolution. Daniel S. Soucier, University of Maine

Ecological Imperialism in a European Context: The Incidental Landscapes of War in Napoleonic Italy. Joseph Horan, Colorado School of Mines

Growing Patriots: Victory Gardens, Children, and Civic Identity in World War II. Anastasia Day, University of Delaware

Chair: Lisa Brady, Boise State University

10:30 – 12:00: Disease and the Transition from War to Peace in Europe, 1918-1923

Environment, Disease, and Red Army Triumph: from Civil War to NEP, 1918-1921. John P Davis, Kentucky Community and Technical College System/Hopkinsville Community College

Fighting War, Fighting Flu: The British Battle with Pandemic Influenza during and after the First World War. James Harris, Ohio State University

‘Postwar’ Relief to Wartime Poland: The ARAEFC and Poland’s Battle Against TB, 1919-1923. Paul Niebrzydowski, Ohio State University

Chair: Richard Tucker, University of Michigan

Commentator: Colin Duncan, Queens College

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