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The Long Shadows
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The Long Shadows is the first book-length work to offer global perspectives on the environmental history of World War II. Based on long-term research, the selected articles represent the best available studies in different fields and countries. With contributions touching on Europe, America, Asia, and Africa, the book has a truly global approach.

While other edited volumes on the environmental history of warfare discuss multiple wars and various time periods, The Long Shadows is devoted exclusively to World War II and its profound and lasting impact on global environments, encompassing polar, temperate and tropical ecological zones. Divided into three main sections, the first offers an introduction to and holistic overview of the War. The second section of the book examines the social and environmental impacts of the conflict, while the third focuses on the history and legacy of resource extraction. A fourth and final section offers conclusions and hypotheses. Numerous themes and topics are explored in these previously unpublished essays, including the new and innovative field of acoustic ecology, the environmental policies of the Third Reich, Japanese imperialism and marine resources, and the control of Typhus fever.

Aimed at researchers and students in the fields of environmental history, military history, and global history, The Long Shadows will also appeal to a general audience interested in the environmental impact of the greatest military conflict in the history of the world.

CONTRIBUTORS
 
Outi Ampuja
Alla Bolotova
Chris Boyer
Matthew Evenden
Paul Josephson
Simo Laakkonen
Helene Laurent
Carol MacLennan
Gregory Maddox                                                                                              
Ilmo Massa
Evan Mawdsley
Micah Muscolino
William Tsutsui
Richard Tucker           
Timo Vuorisalo            
Anna-Katharina Wöbse

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. John R. McNeill
  3. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Part I: Introduction
  1. 1. The Long Shadows
  2. Simo Laakkonen, Richard P. Tucker, Timo Vuorisalo
  3. pp. 3-14
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  1. 2. Polemosphere: The War, Society, and the Environment
  2. Simo Laakkonen
  3. pp. 15-36
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  1. 3. World War II: A Global Perspective
  2. Evan Mawdsley
  3. pp. 37-52
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  1. Part II: Social and Environmental Impacts of the War
  1. 4. Environmental Policies of the Third Reich
  2. Simo Laakkonen
  3. pp. 55-74
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  1. 5. The Costs of the War for the Soviet Union
  2. Paul Josephson
  3. pp. 75-96
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  1. 6. Conceptualizing Wartime Flood and Famine in China
  2. Micah S. Muscolino
  3. pp. 97-116
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  1. 7. Environmental Scars in Northeastern India and Burma
  2. Richard P. Tucker
  3. pp. 117-134
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  1. 8. Hawai‘i: Before and After Pearl Harbor
  2. Carol MacLennan
  3. pp. 135-154
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  1. 9. The Great Louse War: Control of Typhus Fever
  2. Helene Laurent
  3. pp. 155-174
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  1. 10. Perspectives on the Acoustic Ecology of War
  2. Outi Ampuja
  3. pp. 175-194
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  1. Part III: Resource Extraction and the War
  1. 11. Aluminum’s Permanent Revolution
  2. Matthew Evenden
  3. pp. 197-216
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  1. 12. Crisis Utilization in Mexican Forests
  2. Christopher R. Boyer
  3. pp. 217-230
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  1. 13. Food Disruption and Agricultural Policy in Tanganyika
  2. Gregory Maddox
  3. pp. 231-250
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  1. 14. Japanese Imperialism and Marine Resources
  2. William M. Tsutsui, Timo Vuorisalo
  3. pp. 251-274
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  1. 15. Opening the Circumpolar Arctic World
  2. Ilmo Massa, Alla Bolotova
  3. pp. 275-294
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  1. 16. International Conservation after the Two World Wars
  2. Anna-Katharina Wöbse
  3. pp. 295-312
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  1. Part IV: Conclusions
  2. pp. 313-314
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  1. 17. Hypotheses: World War II and Its Shadows
  2. Simo Laakkonen, Richard P. Tucker, Timo Vuorisalo
  3. pp. 315-332
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 333-336
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 337-346
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