War and Nature: Fighting Humans and Insects with Chemicals from World War I to Silent Spring

War and Nature: Fighting Humans and Insects with Chemicals from World War I to Silent Spring

by Edmund Russell
     
 

"War and Nature combines discussion of technology, nature, and warfare to explain the impact of war on nature and vice versa. While cultural and scholarly traditions have led us to think of war and control of nature as separate, this book uses the history of chemical warfare and pest control as a case study to show that war and control of nature coevolved.… See more details below

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"War and Nature combines discussion of technology, nature, and warfare to explain the impact of war on nature and vice versa. While cultural and scholarly traditions have led us to think of war and control of nature as separate, this book uses the history of chemical warfare and pest control as a case study to show that war and control of nature coevolved. Ideologically, institutionally, and technologically, the paths of chemical warfare and pest control intersected repeatedly in the twentieth century. These intersections help us understand the development of total war and the rise of the modern environmental movement." "Edmund Russell is Associate Professor of Technology, Culture, and Communication at the University of Virginia."--BOOK JACKET.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521790031
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Series:
Studies in Environment and History Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Terms
1Introduction1
2The Long Reach to War (1914-1917)17
3Joining the Chemists' War (1917-1918)37
4Chemical Warfare in Peace (1918-1937)53
5Minutemen in Peace (1918-1937)74
6Total War (1936-1943)95
7Annihilation (1943-1945)119
8Planning for Peace and War (1944-1945)145
9War Comes Home (1945-1950)165
10Arms Races in the Cold War (1950-1958)184
11Backfires (1958-1963)204
12Epilogue229
Primary Sources237
Abbreviations241
Notes243
Author Index305
Subject Index309

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