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Recent Discussions

Seeking ASEH 2015 panelists: Back-to-the-land movements of the 20th and 21st Centuries

I am looking to put together a panel exploring US back-to-the-land movements for ASEH 2015 (Washington D.C. March 18-22).  In keeping with the conference theme, this panel would examine back-to-the-land as various resistance movements across the 20th and 21st centuries. My paper will explore post WWI to the New Deal back-to-the-land projects and the conflicting ways that these were promoted in the popular press as both a reaffirmation of white masculinity and as a site for the disposal of “unwanted populations” like immigrants, the unemployed, and disabled veterans.

Seeking ASEH Panelists - Protests and Land Use Transitions

I'd like to put together (or join) a panel on public protests and urban land use transitions.  I'm working on a paper concerning the University of Cincinnati's encroachment on a neighboring city park.  I'm especially interested in protests that attempted to define best uses for particular properties in urban or suburban settings.  My work concerns the 1940s and 1950s primarily, but I think the panel might explore environmental activism in response to land use transitions during any period of urban expansion or renewal.  And, of course, I'd welcome non-U.S. panelists.

Resource: Recorded Lectures on Environmental History of South Asia

Dear H-Environment readers,

Those of you with an interest in South Asia and its environmental history may appreciate the links below to recorded lectures from the past two years at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in New Delhi, courtesy of its current director (and environmental historian) Mahesh Rangarajan. Participants include William Beinart (speaking on Africa), Madhav Gadgil, and many other lesser known historians, ecologists, and activist-scholars. My own talk on the Indian pangolin is included, too, from this past March.

Best,

Julie Hughes, Vassar College

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Recent Reviews

Author: 
Darren Frederick Speece
Reviewer: 
Erik Loomis

Loomis on Speece, 'Defending Giants: The Redwood Wars and the Transformation of American Environmental Politics'


Darren Frederick Speece. Defending Giants: The Redwood Wars and the Transformation of American Environmental Politics. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016. 384 pp. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-295-99951-7.

Reviewed by Erik Loomis (University of Rhode Island)
Published on H-Environment (April, 2017)
Commissioned by David T. Benac

Author: 
Jeremy Vetter
Reviewer: 
Lukas Rieppel

Rieppel on Vetter, 'Field Life: Science in the American West during the Railroad Era'


Jeremy Vetter. Field Life: Science in the American West during the Railroad Era. INTERSECTIONS: Histories of Environment, Science, and Technology in the Anthropocene Series. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016. 512 pp. $49.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8229-4453-9.

Reviewed by Lukas Rieppel (Brown University)
Published on H-Environment (April, 2017)
Commissioned by David T. Benac

Author: 
Anya Zilberstein
Reviewer: 
James Bergman

Bergman on Zilberstein, 'A Temperate Empire: Making Climate Change in Early America'


Anya Zilberstein. A Temperate Empire: Making Climate Change in Early America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. 280 pp. $55.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-020659-8.

Reviewed by James Bergman (Michigan State University)
Published on H-Environment (April, 2017)
Commissioned by David T. Benac

Author: 
Bruce D. Epperson
Reviewer: 
Steven G. Noll

Noll on Epperson, 'Roads through the Everglades: The Building of the Ingraham Highway, the Tamiami Trail and Conners Highway, 1914-1931'


Bruce D. Epperson. Roads through the Everglades: The Building of the Ingraham Highway, the Tamiami Trail and Conners Highway, 1914-1931. Jefferson: McFarland, 2016. 276 pp. $39.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-4766-6479-8.

Reviewed by Steven G. Noll (University of Florida)
Published on H-Environment (April, 2017)
Commissioned by David T. Benac