The Long Shadows: A Global Environmental History of the Second World War

The Long Shadows: A Global Environmental History of the Second World War


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The Long Shadows is the first book to offer global perspectives on the environmental history of World War II. Based on long-term research, the selected essays represent the best available studies in different fields and countries. With contributions touching on Europe, America, Asia, and Africa, the book has a truly global approach. The Long Shadows considers the profound and lasting impact World War II has had on global environments, encompassing polar, temperate, and tropical ecological zones. The first section of the book offers an introduction to and holistic overview of the war. The second section examines the social and environmental impacts of the conflict, while the third focuses on the history and legacy of resource extraction. A final section offers conclusions and hypotheses. Numerous themes and topics are explored in these previously unpublished essays, including the control of typhus fever, the environmental policies of the Third Reich, Japanese imperialism and marine resources, and the new and innovative field of acoustic ecology. Aimed at researchers and students in the fields of environmental history, military history, and global history, The Long Shadows will also appeal to general readers interested in the environmental impact of the greatest military conflict in the history of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870718793
Publisher: Oregon State University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2017
Edition description: 1
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword John R. McNeill vii

Acknowledgments ix

List of Illustrations xi

Part I Introduction

1 The Long Shadows Simo Laakkonen Richard P. Tucker Timo Vuorisalo 3

2 Polemosphere: The War, Society, and the Environment Simo Laakkonen 15

3 World War II: A Global Perspective Evan Mawdsley 37

Part II Social and Environmental Impacts of the War

4 Environmental Policies of the Third Reich Simo Laakkonen 55

5 The Costs of the War for the Soviet Union Paul Josephson 75

6 Conceptualizing Wartime Flood and Famine in China Micah S. Muscolino 97

7 Environmental Scars in Northeastern India and Burma Richard P. Tucker 117

8 Hawai'i: Before and After Pearl Harbor Carol Maclennan 135

9 The Great Louse War: Control of Typhus Fever Helene Laurent 155

10 Perspectives on the Acoustic Ecology of War Outi Ampuja 175

Part III Resource Extraction and the War

11 Aluminum's Permanent Revolution Matthew Evenden 197

12 Crisis Utilization in Mexican Forests Christopher R. Boyer 217

13 Food Disruption and Agricultural Policy in Tanganyika Gregory Maddox 231

14 Japanese Imperialism and Marine Resources William M. Tsutsui Timo Vuorisalo 251

15 Opening the Circumpolar Arctic World Ilmo Massa Alla Bolotova 275

16 International Conservation after the Two World Wars Anna-Katharina Wöbse 295

Part IV Conclusions

17 Hypotheses: World War II and Its Shadows Simo Laakkonen Richard P. Tucker Timo Vuorisalo 315

List of Contributors 333

Index 337

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