The Great War and the Anthropocene

Empire and Environment, Soldiers and Civilians on the Eastern Front


This volume places the Eastern, especially the Austro-Russian, fronts of the Great War centre stage, examining the little-known environmental and spatial dimensions in the history of the war. The focus is particularly on the Austrian crown land of Galicia, which was transformed from a neglected periphery into a battleground of three imperial armies, and where for the first time, nature was a key protagonist.
The book balances contributions by emerging and established scholars, and benefits from a multi-language approach, expertise in the field, and extensive archival research in national archives.
Contributors are Hanna Bazhenova, Gustavo Corni, Iaroslav Golubinov, Kerstin Susanne Jobst, Tomasz Kargol, Alexandra Likhacheva, Oksana Nagornaia, David Novotny, Christoph Nübel, Gwendal Piégais, Andrea Rendl, Kamil Ruszała, Nicolas Saunders, Kerstin von Lingen, Yulia Zherdeva, and Liubov Zhvanko.
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Kerstin S. Jobst is Professor of Eastern European History at the University of Vienna and PI of the FWF Research Group “Great War and Anthropocene”, and author of several monographs and articles, focusing (among other topics) on the history of Ukraine and the history of Crimea.
Oksana Nagornaia is Assistant Professor of East European History at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She has published monographs, collected works and articles on Russian and German history.
Kerstin von Lingen is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna, and Co-PI of the FWF Research Group “Great War and Antropocene”. She has published numerous articles on the military history of the First and Second World Wars, and focuses on the history of violence and war, migration studies, war crimes trials and memory discourses.
The book is aimed at the multidisciplinary research community of historians, anthropologists, sociologists, cultural geographers and archaeologists, and a wider audience concerned with the conflicts between humans and the environment in modern wars.
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