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Recent Discussions

ASEH Panel on the Mechanisms of Commodified Nature

We are seeking additional panelists for ASEH 2018 in Riverside, CA., whose research fits within a broadly defined examination of the relationship between abstraction, extraction, and commodification. Historical examples of this relationship may be overt, like that of bottled “pure” spring water, essentially an abstraction of groundwater pumped from the earth, packaged, transported, and sold as a commodity. Other examples are less obvious, like the extraction and re-commodification of garbage, an act that is reliant upon abstract ideas of recycling as an extension of natural processes.

Conference Report

[A copy has been uploaded to our Conference Notes section on the H-Environment home page. Please feel free to share your conference reports and we will post them. Thanks. Greg Dehler, editor]

From: Iris Borowy

Shanghai University

Borowyiris@i.shu.edu.cn

 

Apologies for cross-posting!

 

Conference Report

 

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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

Recent Roundtable Reviews

Andrew W. Kahrl, 'The Land Was Ours: African American Beaches from Jim Crow to the Sunbelt South,' Roundtable Review, Vol. 3, No. 6 (2013)

Roundtable Review, Vol. 3, No. 6 (2013)

Author: Andrew W. Kahrl

Title: The Land Was Ours: African American Beaches from Jim Crow to the Sunbelt South

Commentators: Sarah Elkind, Christopher J. Manganiello, Cassandra Johnson-Gaither, Colin Fisher

Editor: Jacob Darwin Hamblin

Stephen Brain, 'Song of the Forest: Russian Forestry and Stalinist Environmentalism, 1905-1953,' Roundtable Review, Vol. 3, No. 5 (2013)

Roundtable Review, Vol. 3, No. 5 (2013)

Author: Stephen Brain

Title: Song of the Forest: Russian Forestry and Stalinist Environmentalism, 1905-1953

Commentators: Sari Autio-Sarasmo, Brian Bonhomme, Jenny Leigh Smith, Diana Mincyte

Editor: Jacob Darwin Hamblin

Benjamin R. Cohen, 'Notes From the Ground: Science, Soil, & Society in the American Countryside,' Roundtable Review, Vol. 3, No. 4 (2013)

Roundtable Review, Vol. 3, No. 4 (2013)

Author: Benjamin R. Cohen

Title: Notes From the Ground: Science, Soil, & Society in the American Countryside

Commentators: Steven Stoll, R. Douglas Hurt, Daniel Goldstein, Mark R. Finlay

Editor: Jacob Darwin Hamblin

Thomas Robertson, 'The Malthusian Moment: Global Population Growth and the Birth of American Environmentalism,' Roundtable Review, Vol. 3, No. 3 (2013)

Roundtable Review, Vol. 3, No. 3 (2013)

Author: Thomas Robertson

Title: The Malthusian Moment: Global Population Growth and the Birth of American Environmentalism

Commentators: Toshihiro Higuchi, Amy L. Sayward, Saul Halfon, Sabine Höhler

Editor: Jacob Darwin Hamblin

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