Category Archives: Environmental History

Wreck of the Costa Concordia in the Mediterranean

A gigantic cruise liner with 4,234 passengers aboard ran aground near Isola del Giglio, a tiny island off the Tuscan coast, over the weekend. The Costa Concordia had sailed from Civitavecchia, heading on cruise of the western Mediterranean. As the … Continue reading

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Laurent Dubois on the History of Haiti

As Haitians continues to struggle with rebuilding following the disastrous 2010 earthquake, historians are grappling with explaining the historical roots of Haiti’s current predicament. Laurent Dubois, a professor of history at Duke University, has written several books on Haiti and … Continue reading

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Autolib’ in Paris

Autolib’ is arriving in Paris! Following the success of the Vélib’ bicycle renting service, Paris is installing car rental stations across the city. Paris continues to reinvent itself and to redefine urban modernity. The Autolib’ system will use electric cars … Continue reading

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Climate Change and Civil Conflict

For decades, historians have examined evidence of correlations between climate change and civil conflict. Bad weather and sustained droughts have often been seen as causes of  peasant revolts and revolutions, such as the French Revolution of 1789, yet these arguments … Continue reading

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Bread Riots in Mozambique

Last year, high bread prices led to bread riots across Mozambique.  This summer promises to create similar economic conditions and protests. Early modern historians are very familiar with the dynamics of bread riots in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century societies.  A number … Continue reading

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Disasters in French History Call for Papers

Call for Papers Disaster in French History The editors of French Historical Studies seek articles for a special issue on the theme of disaster in French history.  As an interdisciplinary field, disaster studies has sought to understand the political, economic, … Continue reading

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Nuclear Disaster in Japanese Film

Chicago’s Worldview featured a story today on “Nuclear Disaster in Japanese Film,” by Facets film commentator Milos Stehlik.  This piece does not really have any great new revelations, but does provide a nice introduction to nuclear nightmares in postwar Japanese … Continue reading

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