10 March: Boston Seminar on Environmental History - The Metabolism of Military Forces in the War of Independence

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The Metabolism of Military Forces in the War of Independence: Environmental Contexts and Consequences

Author: David Hsiung, Juniata College
Comment: James Rice, Tufts University

Tuesday 10 March
5:15 PM

Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215

In order to function during the War of Independence, armies and navies needed multiple sources of energy—food, firewood, work animals (which also needed food), ammunition, and more. How did specific natural environments, both proximate and distant, fuel those military metabolisms? How did such actions affect those environments in the decades and centuries that followed? This paper is the seed of a book proposal that, when watered by your feedback, will germinate come summertime.

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