Environmental Histories of the Cold Warby J. R. McNeill
Pub. Date: 05/31/2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Environmental Histories of the Cold War explores the links between the Cold War and the global environment, ranging from the environmental impacts of nuclear weapons to the political repercussions of environmentalism. Environmental change accelerated sharply during the Cold War years, and so did environmentalism as both a popular movement and a scientific… See more details below
Environmental Histories of the Cold War explores the links between the Cold War and the global environment, ranging from the environmental impacts of nuclear weapons to the political repercussions of environmentalism. Environmental change accelerated sharply during the Cold War years, and so did environmentalism as both a popular movement and a scientific preoccupation. Most Cold War history entirely overlooks this rise of environmentalism and the crescendo of environmental change. These historical subjects were not only simultaneous but also linked together in ways both straightforward and surprising. The contributors to this book present these connected issues as a global phenomenon, with chapters concerning China, the USSR, Europe, North America, Oceania, and elsewhere. The role of experts as agents and advocates of using the environment as a weapon in the Cold War or, contrastingly, of preventing environmental damage resulting from Cold War politics is also given broad attention.
- Cambridge University Press
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- Publications of the German Historical Institute Series
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- New Edition
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- 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Table of ContentsIntroduction: the big picture John R. McNeill and Corinna R. Unger; Part I. Science and Planning: 1. War on nature as part of the Cold War: the strategic and ideological roots of environmental degradation in the USSR Paul Josephson; 2. Creating Cold War climates: the laboratories of American globalism Matthew Farish; 3. A global contamination zone: early Cold War planning for environmental warfare Jacob Darwin Hamblin; 4. Environmental diplomacy in the Cold War: weather control, the United States, and India, 1966–7 Kristine Harper and Ronald E. Doel; 5. Containing communism by impounding rivers: American strategic interests and the global spread of high dams in the early Cold War Richard Tucker; Part II. Geopolitics and the Environment: 6. Environmental impacts of nuclear testing in remote Oceania: 1946–96 Mark D. Merlin and Ricardo M. Gonzalez; 7. A curtain of silence: Asia's fauna in the Cold War Greg Bankoff; 8. Against protocol: ecocide, détente, and the question of chemical warfare in Vietnam, 1969–75 David Zierler; 9. Environmental crisis and soft politics: détente and the global environment, 1968–75 Kai Hünemörder; Part III. Environmentalisms: 10. The new ecology of power: Julian and Aldous Huxley in the Cold War era R. Samuel Deese; 11. Atmospheric nuclear weapons testing and the debate on risk knowledge in Cold War America, 1945–63 Toshihiro Higuchi; 12. The evolution of environmental problems and environmental policy in China: interaction of internalization and externalization Bao Maohong; Part IV. Epilogue: 13. The end of the Cold War: a turning point in environmental history? Frank Uekoetter.
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