War And Nature: Fighting Humans And Insects With Chemicals From World War I To Silent Spring (Studies In Environment And History)
War and Nature: Fighting Humans and Insects with Chemicals from World War I to Silent Spring (Studies in Environment and History)
While cultural and scholarly traditions have led us to believe that war and control of nature are separate, there are many more similarities than most people might suspect. Tracing the history of chemical warfare and pest control, Edmund Russell shows how war and control of nature coevolved. Ideologically, institutionally, and technologically, the paths of chemical warfare and pest control intersected repeatedly in the twentieth century. War and Nature helps us to understand the impact of war on nature and vice versa, as well as the development of total war, and the rise of the modern environmental movement. Edmund Russell is an assistant professor in the Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. This is his first book.
From Publishers Weekly
The 20th century was framed by "a treaty... to limit poison gas in warfare" at its beginning, and one "to eliminate chemical warfare" at its end. Meanwhile, in WWI and WWII, chemical weapons killed approximately 440,000 people (not including those who perished in Nazi...