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Environmental Historian based in Brisbane
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New Episode Exploring Environmental History Podcast

Episode 80 of Exploring Environmental History has been released. This episode examines the timber frontier of northern Sweden with Erik Törnlund, a forest historian based at Umeå University.

Podcast host Jan Oosthoek explores together with Erik Törnlund the 19th century timber frontier moved across northern Sweden, driven by the demand for wood in the industrialising countries of Europe. The timber frontier forged changes across the forests of northern Sweden, not in the least the construction of tens of thousands of kilometres of floatways. This transformed not only the ecological structure of the forests, but also the social and economic dynamics of Sweden and shaped the modern country that we see today.

Listen to the podcast on the Environmental History Resources website at: https://www.eh-resources.org/podcast-80/
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The timber frontier of Northern Sweden: a history of ecological and social transformation
New Podcast episode released

Episode 80 of Exploring Environmental History has been released. This episode examines the timber frontier of northern Sweden with Erik Törnlund, a forest historian based at Umeå University.

Podcast host Jan Oosthoek explores together with Erik Törnlund the 19th century timber frontier moved across northern Sweden, driven by the demand for wood in the industrialising countries of Europe. The timber frontier forged changes across the forests of northern Sweden, not in the least the construction of tens of thousands of kilometres of floatways. This transformed not only the ecological structure of the forests, but also the social and economic dynamics of Sweden and shaped the modern country that we see today.

Listen to the podcast on the Environmental History Resources website at: https://www.eh-resources.org/podcast-80/

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Forests in Europe are bio-cultural systems. They have been intensively managed, used and shaped over the centuries. Listen to the new podcast episode on the Exploring Environmental History Podcast on Forestry in Northern Europe in historical perspective.
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Forestry in northern Europe: National Histories, Shared Legacies

In Europe, there is a long tradition of state-centered, management-intensive and science-based forestry. Many of these European forestry experiences and practices have been transported around the world, not in the least to the European Colonial Empires, but also to North America. In many parts of the world this European legacy is often equated with forestry based on 18th century German models. But this begs the question if there is a European forestry tradition.

The latest edition (79) of the Exploring Environmental History Podcast examines the patterns in the development of European Forestry and attempts to answer the question if there is a European Forestry tradition. This episode is hosted by Jan Oosthoek and Richard Hölzl, the co-editors of a recent published volume by Berghahn Books entitled Managing Northern Europe’s Forests.

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New podcast episode
Forestry in northern Europe: National Histories, Shared Legacies

In Europe, there is a long tradition of state-centered, management-intensive and science-based forestry. Many of these European forestry experiences and practices have been transported around the world, not in the least to the European Colonial Empires, but also to North America. In many parts of the world this European legacy is often equated with forestry based on 18th century German models. But this begs the question if there is a European forestry tradition.

The latest edition (79) of the Exploring Environmental History Podcast examines the patterns in the development of European Forestry and attempts to answer the question if there is a European Forestry tradition. This episode is hosted by Jan Oosthoek and Richard Hölzl, the co-editors of a recent published volume by Berghahn Books entitled Managing Northern Europe’s Forests.

Click on the image/link below to listen to the podcast.

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A new book on transnational biocultural histories of forests in Northern Europe.
Managing Northern Europe’s Forests
Histories from the Age of Improvement to the Age of Ecology
Newly published, February 2018

A new edited volume exploring the forest histories of nine northern European countries has been published by Berghahn Books.

Abstract
Northern Europe was, by many accounts, the birthplace of much of modern forestry practice, and for hundreds of years the region’s woodlands have played an outsize role in international relations, economic growth, and the development of national identity. Across eleven chapters, the contributors to this volume survey the histories of state forestry policy in Scandinavia, the Low Countries, Germany, Poland, and Great Britain from the early modern period to the present. Each explores the complex interrelationships of state-building, resource management, knowledge transfer, and trade over a period characterized by ongoing modernization and evolving environmental awareness.

Buy online & get a 50% discount. Use code OOS003 (until 30 April 2018)
Read the introduction chapter for free: http://ht.ly/b3mF30ivwe3

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Managing Northern Europe’s Forests
Histories from the Age of Improvement to the Age of Ecology
Newly published, February 2018

A new edited volume exploring the forest histories of nine northern European countries has been published by Berghahn Books.

Abstract
Northern Europe was, by many accounts, the birthplace of much of modern forestry practice, and for hundreds of years the region’s woodlands have played an outsize role in international relations, economic growth, and the development of national identity. Across eleven chapters, the contributors to this volume survey the histories of state forestry policy in Scandinavia, the Low Countries, Germany, Poland, and Great Britain from the early modern period to the present. Each explores the complex interrelationships of state-building, resource management, knowledge transfer, and trade over a period characterized by ongoing modernization and evolving environmental awareness.

Buy online & get a 50% discount. Use code OOS003 (until 30 April 2018)
Read the introduction chapter for free: http://ht.ly/b3mF30ivwe3
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Kangaroos and tanks: histories of militarized landscapes in Australia
Episode 78 of Exploring Environmental History Podcast

After a long hiatus the Exploring Environmental History Podcast is back. This new edition of the podcast explores the histories of militarized landscapes in Australia, and the evolution of Australian Defence Force environmental policies in the twentieth century. The guest on the podcast is historian Ben Wilkie, Honorary Research Fellow in Australian Studies at Deakin University.

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Thought provoking piece for anyone who feels that we need a new economics and politics to deal with the environmental crisis.
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Managing northern Europe’s forests: Histories from the Age of Improvement to the Age of Ecology
Will be published by Berghahn Books, February 2018

Berghahn Books has announced is will publish a volume I edited together with Richard Hölzl on European Forest History in February 2018.

This New book will present in eleven chapters a history of state forestry in the countries of northern Europe from the early modern period to the present. It covers the origins of forestry policy, fundamental policy aims, the functioning and organisations of forestry, forest management, wood supply, regulations, forest statistics, wood depletion, growing stock, forest conservation, and landscape protection. The chapters demonstrate how state building and resource use were interconnected and how transnational knowledge transfers helped to build national policies and institutions. Education, trade, warfare and technological development facilitated the transitions from forest cover decline to reforestation. The set-backs, the social conflicts, and the power struggles this process entailed receive critical examination in this volume. The study covers the following nine countries: Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Netherlands, Belgium, and Britain.

For more information visit Berhahn's website.
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