"Environmental Histories of the First World War" wins Distinguished Book Award

One of this year's winners of the Distinguished Book Awards of the Society of Military History is "Environmental Histories of the First World War", edited by Tucker, R.P., Keller, T., McNeill, J.R. and Schmid, M.


Martin Schmid is associate professor for environmental history at the Institute of Social Ecology, Department of Economics and Social Sciences (BOKU).

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Established in 1933, the Society is devoted to stimulating and advancing the study of military history. Its membership (today more than 2,600) includes many of the most prominent scholars, soldiers, and citizens interested in military history. The Society encourages research and publication across the whole range of military history (ancient, medieval, and modern, including related popular studies). The Society publishes The Journal of Military History, the leading international scholarly journal of military history..


Tucker, R.P., Keller, T., McNeill, J.R., Schmid, M. (Eds.) (2018): Environmental Histories of the First World War, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, ISBN: 9781108429160, 320 S.

About the Book

This anthology surveys the ecological impacts of the First World War. Editors Richard P. Tucker, Tait Keller, J. R. McNeill, and Martin Schmidt bring together a list of experienced authors who explore the global interactions of states, armies, civilians, and the environment during the war. They show how the First World War ushered in enormous environmental changes, including the devastation of rural and urban environments, the consumption of strategic natural resources such as metals and petroleum, the impact of war on urban industry, and the disruption of agricultural landscapes leading to widespread famine. Taking a global perspective, Environmental Histories of the First World War presents the ecological consequences of the vast destructive power of the new weaponry and the close collaboration between militaries and civilian governments taking place during this time, showing how this war set trends for the rest of the century.


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