Washington University Press Search Results Page
Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books
Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books explore human relationships with natural environments in all their variety and complexity. They seek to cast new light on the ways that natural systems affect human communities, the ways that people affect the environments of which they are a part, and the ways that different cultural conceptions of nature profoundly shape our sense of the world around us.
Series editor: Paul S. Sutter, professor of history at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Founding editor: William Cronon, Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Please send book proposals to: Mike Baccam
Showing results 1-20 of 59
People of the Ecotone
Environment and Indigenous Power at the Center of Early America
In People of the Ecotone, Robert Morrissey weaves together a history of Native peoples with a history of an ecotone to tell a new story about the roots of the Fox Wars, among the most...
ISBN: 9780295750880more details
A History of Batteries and Lessons for a Clean Energy Future
To achieve fossil fuel independence, few technologies are more important than batteries. Used for powering zero-emission vehicles, storing electricity from solar panels and wind turbines, and revitalizing the electric grid, batteries are essential to scaling...
ISBN: 9780295750248more details
An Animal History of East Germany's Rise and Fall
The pig played a key role in the German Democratic Republic's attempts to create a modern, industrial food system built on communist principles. By the mid-1980s, East Germany produced more pork per capita than West...
ISBN: 9780295750699more details
Wetlands in a Dry Land
More-Than-Human Histories of Australia's Murray-Darling Basin
In the name of agriculture, urban growth, and disease control, humans have drained, filled, or otherwise destroyed nearly 87 percent of the world’s wetlands over the past three centuries. Unintended consequences include biodiversity loss, poor...
ISBN: 9780295749150more details
Footprints of War
Militarized Landscapes in Vietnam
When American forces arrived in Vietnam, they found themselves embedded in historic village and frontier spaces already shaped by many past conflicts. American bases and bombing targets followed spatial and political logics influenced by the...
ISBN: 9780295749730more details
Bringing Whales Ashore
Oceans and the Environment of Early Modern Japan
Japan today defends its controversial whaling expeditions by invoking tradition—but what was the historical reality? In examining the techniques and impacts of whaling during the Tokugawa period (1603–1868), Jakobina Arch shows that the organized, shore-based...
ISBN: 9780295748108more details
The Conservation of a Valencian Working Landscape
Winner of the 2019 Turku Book Award from the European Society for Environmental History
The Albufera Natural Park, an area ten kilometers south of Valencia that is widely regarded as the birthplace of paella, has long...
ISBN: 9780295748092more details
Seeds of Control
Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea
Japanese colonial rule in Korea (1905–1945) ushered in natural resource management programs that profoundly altered access to and ownership of the peninsula’s extensive mountains and forests. Under the banner of “forest love,” the colonial government...
ISBN: 9780295747453more details
Fir and Empire
The Transformation of Forests in Early Modern China
A CHOICE OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC TITLE
The disappearance of China’s naturally occurring forests is one of the most significant environmental shifts in the country’s history, one often blamed on imperial demand for lumber. China’s early modern forest...
ISBN: 9780295747330more details
The Organic Profit
Rodale and the Making of Marketplace Environmentalism
Where did the curious idea of buying one’s way to sustainability come from? In no small part, the answer lies in the story of entrepreneurial health reformer J. I. Rodale, his son Robert Rodale, and...
ISBN: 9780295745015more details
An Environmental History of San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake
On April 18, 1906, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook the San Francisco region, igniting fires that burned half the city. The disaster in all its elements — earthquake, fires, and recovery — profoundly disrupted the urban...
ISBN: 9780295746098more details
An Olfactory History of Nineteenth-Century Urban America
What did nineteenth-century cities smell like? And how did odors matter in the formation of a modern environmental consciousness? Smell Detectives follows the nineteenth-century Americans who used their noses to make sense of the sanitary...
ISBN: 9780295746104more details
The Redwood Wars and the Transformation of American Environmental Politics
Giant redwoods are American icons, paragons of grandeur, exceptionalism, and endurance. They are also symbols of conflict and negotiation, remnants of environmental battles over the limits of industrialization, profiteering, and globalization.
Since the middle of...
ISBN: 9780295745732more details
The City Is More Than Human
An Animal History of Seattle
Winner of the 2017 Virginia Marie Folkins Award, Association of King County Historical Organizations (AKCHO)
Winner of the 2017 Hal K. Rothman Book Prize, Western History Association
Seattle would not exist without animals. Animals have played a...
ISBN: 9780295745718more details
Nature Next Door
Cities and Trees in the American Northeast
The once denuded northeastern United States is now a region of trees. Nature Next Door argues that the growth of cities, the construction of parks, the transformation of farming, the boom in tourism, and changes...
ISBN: 9780295993317more details
George Perkins Marsh
Prophet of Conservation
George Perkins Marsh (1801–1882) was the first to reveal the menace of environmental misuse, to explain its causes, and to prescribe reforms. David Lowenthal here offers fresh insights, from new sources, into Marsh’s career and...
ISBN: 9780295983158more details
The Republic of Nature
An Environmental History of the United States
In the dramatic narratives that comprise The Republic of Nature, Mark Fiege reframes the canonical account of American history based on the simple but radical premise that nothing in the nation's past can be considered...
ISBN: 9780295993294more details
Howard Zahniser and the Path to the Wilderness Act
Winner of the Forest History Society's 2006 Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Book Award
As a central figure in the American wilderness preservation movement in the mid-twentieth century, Howard Zahniser (1906-1964) was the person most responsible for the...
ISBN: 9780295987071more details
An Eco-Biography, 1815–2000
The Rhine River is Europe’s most important commercial waterway, channeling the flow of trade among Switzerland, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. In this innovative study, Mark Cioc focuses on the river from the moment when...
ISBN: 9780295985008more details
Where Land and Water Meet
A Western Landscape Transformed
Water and land interrelate in surprising and ambiguous ways, and riparian zones, where land and water meet, have effects far outside their boundaries. Using the Malheur Basin in southeastern Oregon as a case study, this...
ISBN: 9780295984995more details