272 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 33 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-5538-3
Published: April 2020
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-5539-0
Published: February 2020
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In considering human efforts to find military and political advantage by reshaping the natural world, Browning and Silver show not only that the environment influenced the Civil War's outcome but also that the war was a watershed event in the history of the environment itself.
About the Authors
Judkin Browning is professor of military history at Appalachian State University and author of Shifting Loyalties: The Union Occupation of Eastern North Carolina.
For more information about Judkin Browning, visit the Author Page.
Timothy Silver is professor of environmental history at Appalachian State University and author of Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains: An Environmental History of the Highest Peaks in Eastern America.
For more information about Timothy Silver, visit the Author Page.
"For scholars of the Civil War, this book adds a fresh perspective, illustrating how ecology, nature, and weather had a striking and unpredictable effect upon military preparedness and the waging of war."--Library Journal
“As evidenced in the book, Civil War environmental history continues to perform a valuable service through highlighting and deepening our knowledge and appreciation of the many connections between the natural world and the Civil War’s military and home fronts. In this manner, Browning and Silver’s synthesis convincingly treats the war as an ‘ecological event’ as well as a clash between armies and societies.”--Civil War Books and Authors
“In a briskly written text of fewer than 200 pages, [Browning and Silver] highlight the themes Civil War environmental historians have the unique ability to explore and make more relevant to our broader understanding of the conflict. . . . What they do accomplish is to enrich our understanding of the agency of microbes, animals, and landscape on the military history of the war.”--The Annals of Iowa
"With both geographic and chronological sweep, Judkin Browning and Timothy Silver reveal the powerful way nature shaped Civil War campaigns and the experiences of soldiers and civilians. Fast-paced and engaging, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in American environmental history or Civil War history."--Megan Kate Nelson, author of The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West
"For years I have responded to the question 'What is left to say about the Civil War?' with the answer that we need a good study of the environmental impact of the war. Judkin Browning and Timothy Silver have not only met that challenge with great success; they have also written a splendid account of the impact of the environment on the ways in which the war was fought."--James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom
"This creative collaboration between a military historian and an environmental historian has produced a stunning reinterpretation of the Civil War. Highlighting the importance of everything from mud and hogs to brushwood and wildfire, Browning and Silver have produced an imaginative, well-crafted book that will change how we think about the epic conflict."--Ted Steinberg, author of Down to Earth: Nature’s Role in American History