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Recent Discussions

Advice on Shorter Textbooks on US Environmental History

I teach a 2nd year survey course on combined US-Canadian environmental history and need a short text on US environmental history to assign in league with Forkey, Canadian's and the Natural Environment and, just recently added, Dina Gilio-Whitaker's As Long as the Grass Grows.

To this point I have been using Steinberg's Down to Earth but really cannot any longer since it makes the reading load for the course too heavy if it is assigned along with those other two books plus various articles I have the students read. 

Online lecture series: "Animals, Capital, and the Law" (Harvard)

The purpose of this Webinar series is to highlight new and creative research in the growing field of animal studies. This series will emphasize how Canadian scholars, jurists, and writers have played a disproportionately influential role in the development of this interdisciplinary subject.

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Recent Reviews

Author: 
Susi K. Frank, Kjetil Jakobsen, eds.
Reviewer: 
Matthew S. Wiseman

Wiseman on Frank and Jakobsen, 'Arctic Archives: Ice, Memory and Entropy'

Susi K. Frank, Kjetil Jakobsen, eds. Arctic Archives: Ice, Memory and Entropy. Culture & Theory Series. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2019. 350 pp. $45.00 (paper), ISBN 978-3-8376-4656-6.

Reviewed by Matthew S. Wiseman (University of Waterloo) Published on H-Environment (January, 2021) Commissioned by Daniella McCahey (Texas Tech University)

Author: 
On Barak
Reviewer: 
Jack Klempay

Klempay on Barak, 'Powering Empire: How Coal Made the Middle East and Sparked Global Carbonization'

On Barak. Powering Empire: How Coal Made the Middle East and Sparked Global Carbonization. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2020. 344 pp. $34.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-520-31072-8.

Reviewed by Jack Klempay (Princeton University) Published on H-Environment (January, 2021) Commissioned by Daniella McCahey (Texas Tech University)

Author: 
Mansel G. Blackford
Reviewer: 
Dustin Meier

Meier on Blackford, 'Columbus, Ohio: Two Centuries of Business and Environmental Change'

Mansel G. Blackford. Columbus, Ohio: Two Centuries of Business and Environmental Change. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2016. Illustrations. 256 pp. $69.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8142-1314-8

Reviewed by Dustin Meier (The Ohio State University) Published on H-Environment (January, 2021) Commissioned by Daniella McCahey (Texas Tech University)

Author: 
Kristin D. Phillips
Reviewer: 
Chau J. Kelly

Kelly on Phillips, 'An Ethnography of Hunger: Politics, Subsistence, and the Unpredictable Grace of the Sun'

Kristin D. Phillips. An Ethnography of Hunger: Politics, Subsistence, and the Unpredictable Grace of the Sun. Framing the Global Series. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018. Illustrations. 207 pp. $28.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-253-03837-1; $75.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-253-03836-4. 

Author: 
Joshua Eisenman
Reviewer: 
Brian Spivey

Spivey on Eisenman, 'Red China's Green Revolution: Technological Innovation, Institutional Change, and Economic Development under the Commune'

Joshua Eisenman. Red China's Green Revolution: Technological Innovation, Institutional Change, and Economic Development under the Commune. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018. xxxii + 436 pp. $35.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-231-18667-4

Recent Roundtable Reviews

Selcer, "The Postwar Origins of the Global Environment: How the United Nations Built Spaceship Earth" Roundtable vol. 10 no. 11 (2020)

 

Dear Colleagues:

Announcing a new edition of H-Environment Roundtable Reviews, featuring Perrin Selcer's The Postwar Origins of the Global Environment: How the United Nations Built Spaceship Earth. Please enjoy and distribute widely.

Title: The Postwar Origins of the Global Environment: How the United Nations Built Spaceship Earth 

Author: Perrin Selcer

Commenters: Megan Black, Sabine Höhler, Thomas Robertson, Libby Robin 

Wickman, "Snowshoe Country: An Environmental and Cultural History of Winter in the Early American Northeast," Roundtable vol. 10 no. 10 (2020)

Dear Colleagues,

Announcing a new edition of the H-Environment Roundtable Reviews, featuring Thomas Wickman's Snowshoe Country: An Environmental and Cultural History of Winter in the Early American Northeast.

Roundtable Review vol. 10 no. 10 (2020)

Title: Snowshoe Country: An Environmental and Cultural History of Winter in the Early American Northeast

Author: Thomas Wickman

Commenters: Jon T. Coleman, Rachel B. Herrmann, Andrew Lipman, Molly A. Warsh

Milder, "Greening Democracy: The Anti-Nuclear Movement and Political Environmentalism in West Germany and Beyond, 1963-1983" Roundtable vol. 10 no. 9 (2020)

Dear Colleagues:

Announcing a new edition of H-Environment Roundtable Reviews, featuring Stephen Milder's Greening Democracy: The Anti-Nuclear Movement and Political Environmentalism in West Germany and Beyond, 1963-1983. Please enjoy and distribute widely.

Roundtable Review, vol. 10 no. 9 (2020)

Title: Greening Democracy: The Anti-Nuclear Movement and Political Environmentalism in West Germany and Beyond, 1963-1983

Author: Stephen Milder

Parsons, "A Not-So-New World: Empire and Environment in French Colonial North America," Roundtable vol. 10 no. 8 (2020)

Dear Colleagues:

Announcing a new edition of H-Environment Roundtable Reviews, featuring Christopher M. Parsons's A Not-So-New World: Empire and Environment in French Colonial North America. Please enjoy and distribute widely.

Roundtable Review, vol. 10 no. 8 (2020)

Title: A Not-So-New World: Empire and Environment in French Colonial North America

Author: Christopher M. Parsons

Contributors: Claire Campbell, Cindy Ermus, Jacob F. Lee, Strother E. Roberts