Nation-States and the Global Environment: New Approaches to International Environmental History

Nation-States and the Global Environment: New Approaches to International Environmental History

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Nation-States and the Global Environment: New Approaches to International Environmental History by Erika Marie Bsumek

Hardly a day passes without journalists, policymakers, academics, or scientists calling attention to the worldwide scale of the environmental crisis confronting humankind. While climate change has generated the greatest alarm in recent years, other global problems-desertification, toxic pollution, species extinctions, drought, and deforestation, to name just a few-loom close behind. The scope of the most pressing environmental problems far exceeds the capacity of individual nation-states, much less smaller political entities. To compound these problems, economic globalization, the growth of non-governmental activist groups, and the accelerating flow of information have fundamentally transformed the geopolitical landscape. Despite the new urgency of these challenges, however, they are not without historical precedent. As this book shows, nation-states have long sought agreements to manage migratory wildlife, just as they have negotiated conventions governing the exploitation of rivers and other bodies of water. Similarly, nation-states have long attempted to control resources beyond their borders, to impose their standards of proper environmental exploitation on others, and to draw on expertise developed elsewhere to cope with environmental problems at home. This collection examines this little-understood history, providing case studies and context to inform ongoing debates.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199755356
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 05/02/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Erika Marie Bsumek is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of Indian-Made: Navajo Culture in the Marketplace, 1868-1940.

David Kinkela is Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York Fredonia and the author of DDT and the American Century: Global Health, Environmental Politics, and the Pesticide that Changed the World.

Mark Atwood Lawrence is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of Assuming the Burden: Europe and the American Commitment to War in Vietnam and The Vietnam War: A Concise International History.

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction
Erika Marie Bsumek, David Kinkela, and Mark Atwood Lawrence

Part I: Nature, Nation-States, and the Regulatory Dilemma
1. Europe's River: The Rhine as Prelude to Transnational Cooperation and the Common Market, Mark Cioc
2. National Sovereignty, the International Whaling Commission, and the Save the Whales Movement, Kurk Dorsey
3. Global Borders and the Fish that Ignore Them: The Cold War Roots of Overfishing, Mary Carmel Finley
4. Making Parks out of Making Wars: Transnational Nature Conservation and Environmental Diplomacy in the Twenty-First Century, Greg Bankoff
5. Going Global After Vietnam: The End of Agent Orange and the Rise of an International Environmental Regime, David Zierler
6. The Paradox of U.S. Pesticide Policy during the Age of Ecology, David Kinkela

Part II: Nature, Nations, and the Circulation of Knowledge
7. The Imperial Politics of Hurricane Prediction: From Calcutta and Havana to Manila and Galveston, 1839-1900, Gregory T. Cushman
8. Biological Control, Transnational Exchange, and the Construction of Environmental Thought in the United States, 1840-1920, James E. McWilliams
9. Bird Day: Promoting the Gospel of Kindness in the Philippines during the American Occupation, Janet M. Davis
10. Salmon Migrations, Nez Perce Nationalism, and the Global Economy, Benedict J. Colombi
11. The Brazilian Amazon and the Transnational Environment, 1940-1990, Seth Garfield
12. International Trash and the Politics of Poverty: Conceptualizing the Transnational Waste Trade, Emily Brownell

Afterword: International Systems and Their Discontents, J.R. McNeill

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