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
"Sweeping in breadth yet remarkably accessible, An Environmental History of the Civil War offers new insight into the intricate relationship between Civil War soldiers and their environment."--Journal of the Civil War Era
“Browning and Silver provide a comprehensive interpretation of the Civil War as they present the conflict as a watershed event in environmental history. . . . It is a well-argued book that succeeds in providing ‘a more holistic way of thinking about the Civil War’ . . . The book’s length, readability, and fresh perspective would make it a great addition to any Civil War or environmental history course.”—Journal of Southern History
“A most excellent study of aspects of the war ignored in many accounts of the conflict.”--Michigan War Studies Review
"A compact, smartly illustrated narrative."--America's Civil War