War and the Environment
Military Destruction in the Modern Age
Environmental History - Military History
6 x 9, 256 pp.
2 graphs. 9 b&w photos. 2 line art. 3 maps.
Pub Date: 09/14/2009
Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series
  cloth
Price:        $22.00 s

978-1-60344-115-5

Published by Texas A&M University Press

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War and the Environment

Military Destruction in the Modern Age

Edited by Charles E. Closmann

In recent times, the devastation occurring in places like Darfur has focused the world’s attention on the intertwined relationship of military conflict and the environment—and the attendant human suffering.

In War and the Environment, eleven scholars explore, among other topics, the environmental ravages of trench warfare in World War I, the exploitation of Philippine forests for military purposes from the Spanish colonial period through 1945, William Tecumseh Sherman’s scorched-earth tactics during his 1864–65 March to the Sea, and the effects of wartime policy upon U.S. and German conservation practices during World War II.

CHARLES E. CLOSMANN is assistant professor of history at the University of North Florida and a former research fellow at the German Historical Institute. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

What Readers Are Saying:

". . . adds significantly to the modest but growing literature concerning the military, warfare, and the environment." -Martin Melosi, University of Houston

"This is a timely collection of important essays on the ways in which humans have altered their environment through warfare, how armies consume resources, and how landscapes of war are perceived and remembered, from the deepest trenches to Alpine peaks. Since it is transnational and interdisciplinary in scope,  War and the Environment breaks new ground. This book about an important but understudied topic will appeal to environmental historians in many countries." -Thomas Zeller, University of Maryland-College Park


"Scholars have long known that nations mobilize their natural resources in order to seize or destroy those of their enemies, but few have investigated the extent to which military institutions have impacted the environment beyond the immediate and visible effect of conflict. This outstanding collection of essays explores the myriad of ways that military institutions have impacted local, regional, and global ecologies over the course of many centuries, during both times of peace and during times of war."-Mark Cioc, University of California-Santa Cruz

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