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Welcome to the American Society for Environmental History

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Megan Black's The Global Interior: Mineral Frontiers and American Power is this year’s winner of the George Perkins Marsh Prize for best book in environmental history . In this compelling book, Megan Black places twentieth-century U.S. resource policy in a global context, illuminating the significant yet little-recognized role that the Department of the Interior played in extending the reach of American power. She recasts conventional conceptions of the Interior Department, describing how the agency undertook both “the day-to-day work of [implementing] U.S. settler colonialism” in the American West and expanding U.S. intervention abroad. Commonly thought to be separate processes, these two missions are linked through the work of the Interior Department. Covering a century and a half of the department’s work, Black’s perspective prompts a reconsideration, for example, of the parts played by department leaders such as Harold Ickes and Stewart Udall. Even leaders with reputations as conservationists were, in fact, in pursuit of “new zones of extraction” around the globe, articulating a conservation impulse at home while supporting private resource exploitation elsewhere. Technical assistance programs abroad were cast in “benevolent terms,” though Third World nationalist movements and indigenous social movements repeatedly challenged the department’s actions. 

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edmundrussellThe American Society for Environmental History encourages scholarship on the interactions between humans and the natural world (or among humans and non-humans) through time. Membership of the Society is markedly interdisciplinary and international, and the work of ASEH members ranges across the ages, from crucial concerns of the present to the farthest reaches of human time.

As a non-profit scholarly organization, ASEH promotes research and teaching in environmental history, engages in public outreach, and supports its members’ professional needs. We offer a heartfelt welcome to all those with an interest in these activities, details of which can be found elsewhere on this website.

The Society holds a lively and well-attended annual conference, encourages local / regional activities in support of its mission, and publishes Environmental History, an excellent scholarly journal, jointly with the Forest History Society, under the auspices of Oxford University Press.

Please explore this website for more details about our mission, our journal, and our newsletter, conferences and workshops, travel grants, fellowships, teaching resources, and more – as well as information about how to become a member of the Society.

-Edmund Russell
ASEH President

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Click here for the Call for Papers for ASEH 2020 in Ottawa. Submission deadline EXTENDED to July 26, 2019.
Click here to read ASEH comment regarding the Department of Interior's Request for Records Disposition Authority to NARA

Click here for information on ASEH's 2019 conference. Join us in Columbus!

Click here to read about how environmental history is "the field with the largest proportional expansion" in the last 40 years.

Click here to view the latest bulletin from the International Consortium of EH Organizations (ICEHO).

Are you an ASEH member interested in hosting our annual conference? Click here for more info.

conference sponsors

NIpissing University is hosting ASEH's 2020 conference in Ottawa, Canada.

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With generous support from the Canada Research Chairs

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and Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation

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