CfP to a special issue of The Historical Review/La Revue Historique: “Conflict and the Environment, an Environmental History of Modern Greece, 1821-1967”

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Call for Papers
March 1, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Environmental History / Studies, Modern European History / Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies

The Historical Review/La Revue Historique seeks original research contributions in the field of Modern Greek environmental history (1821-1967) which will primarily focus on the subject of conflict; armed or unarmed, open or undeclared. Although the number of works on environmental history are constantly increasing covering a wide geographical spectrum, with areas such as sub-Saharan Africa or southern Asia being often found in the spotlight, it is noteworthy that southeastern Europe and the Balkans have not been the object of consistent research. This publication, therefore, aims at tackling this issue.

The accepted manuscripts will be published in a special issue of The Historical Review/La Revue Historique edited by George L. Vlachos (adjunct research assistant of the Institute of Historical Research/ National Hellenic Research Foundation, Representative of Greece in the European Society of Environmental History).

Proposed topics:

The environment as an apple of discord

Conflict generated for the acquisition or possession of certain environmental assets, a topic commonly discussed in the international literature. Whether it concerned abundant fishing reserves, arable land, or the right to mine for precious metals, the exploitation of the earth’s waning resources has been one of the main reasons leading opposite sides to collision.

The environment as an antagonist  

Conflict directed against a given environment. This very often reflected the unspoken goal that stern modernists had set to mankind: the taming and subordination of everything that was considered wild, dangerous, unpredictable, and above all unproductive.

The environment as collateral damage

Abiding by the rising justified concerns regarding the deterioration of local and global ecosystems, this topic touches upon the detrimental effects of conflict on the environment. Ranging from contaminated lands rendered unsuitable for cultivation, to polluted rivers and withering forests, war and conflict had been very often the main reason contributing to the irrevocable collapse of natural coherence in territories that have been caught in the crossfire.

This endeavor focuses on modern history, setting its point of departure in the early 19th century. This choice was not arbitrary as modernity holds a special place for environmental history constituting the age when the conflict for resources intensified and their extraction rate was sharply accelerated in comparison with the pre-modern era.

Prospective contributors should submit abstracts of maximum 500 words to George L. Vlachos before March 1, 2021 at

Drafts between 5,000 and 10,000 words will be due September 2021.