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Recent Discussions

Call for Papers: River Cities/ Historical and Contemporary

River Cities: Historical and Contemporary

2015 Dumbarton Oaks Symposium, Garden and Landscape Studies

The dynamic relationships between cities and their rivers, a landscape of potentially critical adaptability and resilience, is the focus of the 2015 Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks.  Building on the emergence of urban humanities and urban landscape history, we propose to consider the urban river as a city-making landscape deserving of careful reading and analysis: past, present, and future.

Seeking panel for a paper on...sunshine, vitamins, health, food, race, risk, bones, disease...

I would like to instigate, organize, or join a panel for the ASEH 2015 Conference.  I’m writing a book about the history of Vitamin D deficiency and rickets. Some of the more directly environmental themes my work embraces include:

·      Race, geography and the built environment
·      Competing environmental risks: natural and man-made
·      Natural Food, Natural Health vs. industrialized health and industrialized food
·      Biotechnological tools for escaping nature

Sent an email to cwarren@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Seeking Panelists for ASEH 2015—Determinism, Agency, and Environmental Preludes in World History

I am seeking two panelists to present research focusing on environmental preludes to historical events that are overlooked or marginalized in the discipline. More recently, historical literature has rightly kept environmental determinism, a vague, over-used, and problematic concept, at bay. However, in doing so, it has frequently overextended its aversion to the environment. The purpose of this panel seeks to explore cases that make a compelling claim of why the environment needs to be highlighted for the historical problem, idea, event, etc. to be understood.

Seeking Panelists for ASEH 2015: Nature as Enemy and Ally in Warfare

I am organizing a panel on War and the Environment for ASEH with the theme “Nature as an Ally and Enemy in Warfare”. Ever since I read Natural Enemy, Natural Ally I have been fascinated by how nature affects the outcomes of battles, campaigns and wars in general. 
 
My own presentation will apply this concept to the Battle of Iwo Jima. U.S. soldiers fighting on that island fought not only the Japanese, but also the natural environment of the island. How each side viewed and used the island’s environment also affected the battle.

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Recent Reviews

Author: 
Brian James Leech
Reviewer: 
Arn M. Keeling

Keeling on Leech, 'The City That Ate Itself: Butte, Montana and Its Expanding Berkeley Pit'

Brian James Leech. The City That Ate Itself: Butte, Montana and Its Expanding Berkeley Pit. Mining and Society Series. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2018. 376 pp. $39.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-943859-42-9.

Reviewed by Arn M. Keeling (Memorial University of Newfoundland) Published on H-Environment (October, 2018) Commissioned by Dolly Jørgensen (University of Stavanger)

Author: 
Kristin Reynolds, Nevin Cohen
Reviewer: 
Robert Gioielli

Gioielli on Reynolds and Cohen, 'Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City'

Kristin Reynolds, Nevin Cohen. Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City. Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation Series. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2016. 216 pp. $29.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8203-4950-3; $79.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8203-4949-7.

Reviewed by Robert Gioielli (University of Cincinnati) Published on H-Environment (April, 2018) Commissioned by David T. Benac (Western Michigan University)

Author: 
Cheri Register
Reviewer: 
Molly Rozum

Rozum on Register, 'The Big Marsh: The Story of a Lost Landscape'

Cheri Register. The Big Marsh: The Story of a Lost Landscape. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2016. Illustrations. 288 pp. $17.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-87351-995-3.

Reviewed by Molly Rozum (University of South Dakota) Published on H-Environment (April, 2018) Commissioned by David T. Benac (Western Michigan University)

Author: 
Miranda Johnson
Reviewer: 
John Sandlos

Sandlos on Johnson, 'The Land Is Our History: Indigeneity, Law, and the Settler State'

Miranda Johnson. The Land Is Our History: Indigeneity, Law, and the Settler State. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. Illustrations. 248 pp. $24.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-19-060006-8; $99.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-060002-0.

Reviewed by John Sandlos (Memorial University of Newfoundland) Published on H-Environment (February, 2018) Commissioned by David T. Benac

Author: 
Jeff Karnicky
Reviewer: 
Amy Coale

Coale on Karnicky, 'Scarlet Experiment: Birds and Humans in America'

Jeff Karnicky. Scarlet Experiment: Birds and Humans in America. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016. 246 pp. $45.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8032-9498-1.

Reviewed by Amy Coale (Florida State University) Published on H-Environment (January, 2018) Commissioned by David T. Benac