Berghahn Books Logo

berghahn New York · Oxford

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Instagram

Celebrating World Environment Day

electricity-3204354_1920June 5th is World Environment Day! It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. For more information please visit


Just a reminder that Berghahn Books turns 25 this year and to mark this important milestone, we are offering 25% discount on all books! For print titles, please add the coupon code BB25. For eBooks, the discount is automatic.


In addition, Berghahn Journals would like to offer FULL ACCESS to the most recent issues of Environment and SocietyThe International Journal of Social Quality, and Nature and Cultureuntil June 12th!


Water, Life, and Profit: Fluid Economies and Cultures of Niamey, NigerForthcoming in September 2019

Fluid Economies and Cultures of Niamey, Niger
Sara Beth Keough and Scott M. Youngstedt


Water, Life, and Profit offers a holistic analysis of the people, economies, cultural symbolism, and material culture involved in the management, production, distribution, and consumption of drinking water in the urban context of Niamey, Niger.


Edges, Fringes, Frontiers: Integral Ecology, Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainability in GuyanaEDGES, FRINGES, FRONTIERS
Integral Ecology, Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainability in Guyana
Thomas B. Henfrey


Based on an ethnographic account of subsistence use of Amazonian forests by Wapishana people in Guyana, Edges, Frontiers, Fringes examines the social, cultural and behavioral bases for sustainability and resilience in indigenous resource use.

Read Chapter 1


Global Sustainability and Communities of PracticeGLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY AND COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE
Edited by Carl A. Maida and Sam Beck


Using case-based and theoretical chapters that examine rural and urban communities of practice, this volume illustrates how participatory researchers and students, as well as policy and community leaders, find ways to engage with the broader public when it comes to global sustainability research and practice.

Read Introduction



Environment in History: International Perspectives Series

Published in association with the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH), and the Rachel Carson Center (RCC)

The relationship between human society and the natural world is being studied with increased urgency and interest. Investigating this relationship from historical, cultural, and political perspectives, the monographs and collected volumes in this series showcase high-quality research in environmental history and cognate disciplines in the social and natural sciences. The series strives to bridge both national and disciplinary divides, with a particular emphasis on European, transnational, and comparative research.


Hazardous Chemicals: Agents of Risk and Change, 1800-2000Volume 17

Agents of Risk and Change, 1800-2000
Edited by Ernst Homburg and Elisabeth Vaupel


Covering a host of both notorious and little-known substances, the chapters in this collection investigate the emergence of specific toxic, pathogenic, carcinogenic, and ecologically harmful chemicals as well as the scientific, cultural and legislative responses they have prompted over the past two hundred years.


Planning for the Planet: Environmental Expertise and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, 1960–1980Volume 16

Environmental Expertise and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, 1960–1980
Simone Schleper


In the 1960s and 1970s, rapidly growing environmental awareness and concern not only led to widespread calls for new policies, but also created unprecedented demand for ecological expertise by the likes of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. This book explores how conservation experts confronted new challenges tied to rival scientific approaches, Cold War politics, decolonization, and more.


Changes in the Air: Hurricanes in New Orleans from 1718 to the PresentVolume 15

Hurricanes in New Orleans from 1718 to the Present
Eleonora Rohland


Changes in the Air offers a rich and thoroughly researched history of how hurricanes have shaped and reshaped New Orleans from the colonial era to the present day, focusing on how its residents have adapted to a uniquely unpredictable and destructive environment across more than three centuries.

Read Introduction


Ice and Snow in the Cold War: Histories of Extreme Climatic EnvironmentsVolume 14

Histories of Extreme Climatic Environments
Edited by Julia Herzberg, Christian Kehrt, and Franziska Torma


This fascinating volume demonstrates that regions such as Alaska, the polar landscapes, and the cold areas of the Soviet periphery were of no small importance during the Cold War. Through histories of these extremely cold environments, this volume makes a novel intervention in Cold War historiography, one whose global and transnational approach undermines the simple opposition of “East” and “West.”



A Living Past: Environmental Histories of Modern Latin AmericaVolume 13 In Paperback

Environmental Histories of Modern Latin America
Edited by John Soluri, Claudia Leal, and José Augusto Pádua


Bringing together thirteen leading experts on the region, A Living Past synthesizes a wide range of scholarship to offer new perspectives on environmental change in Latin America and the Spanish Caribbean since the nineteenth century.

Read Introduction


International Organizations and Environmental Protection: Conservation and Globalization in the Twentieth CenturyVolume 11 In Paperback

Conservation and Globalization in the Twentieth Century
Edited by Wolfram Kaiser and Jan-Henrik Meyer


“This fascinating book is one of those rare collections that have a shared and unified purpose. Collectively, the authors cover a diverse set of topics, draw on myriad original sources (including interviews as well as archival research), tell interesting and new stories, and make a variety of novel arguments.” · Bob H. Reinhardt, Executive Director, Willamette Heritage Center

Read Introduction


In the Name of the Great Work: Stalin's Plan for the Transformation of Nature and its Impact in Eastern EuropeVolume 10 In Paperback

Stalin’s Plan for the Transformation of Nature and its Impact in Eastern Europe
Edited by Doubravka Olšáková


“This is a necessary book… the first monograph dedicated entirely to how [Stalin’s parallel] plans played out in the ‘people’s democracies’ of Eastern Europe during Stalin’s lifetime and beyond… Olsakova’s work is thus a significant addition to extant literature on environmental history and the twentieth century history of Eastern Europe.” Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe

Read Introduction


The Nature of German Imperialism: Conservation and the Politics of Wildlife in Colonial East AfricaVolume 9 In Paperback

Conservation and the Politics of Wildlife in Colonial East Africa
Bernhard Gissibl


The Nature of German Imperialism is at once an analytic tour de force and an empirically rich and cogent account of wildlife conservation as an ideologically charged political activity rife with contradictions and denials…His grounding of German imperialism in the wider turn-of- the-century European intellectual and social history is a most welcome contribution to East African studies.”Finalist for the 2017 BETHWELL A. OGOT BOOK PRIZE of the African Studies Association

Read Introduction


Cycling and Recycling: Histories of Sustainable PracticesVolume 7 In Paperback

Histories of Sustainable Practices
Edited by Ruth Oldenziel and Helmuth Trischler


“The reviewer freely admits to have learned many interesting and fascinating facts about ‘Cycling and Recycling’ in very different country contexts. In addition, most of the contributions have been written in such a way as to be so comprehensible and jargon-free as to make them accessible also to readers beyond the narrow circle of specialists, which appears particularly important for an interdisciplinary field such as environmental history.”H-Soz-Kult

Read Introduction


Berghahn Journals


Cover Environment and SocietyEnvironment and Society: Advances in Research

Special Issue: Indigenous Resurgence, Decolonization, and Movements for Environmental Justice
(Vol. 9, Issue 1)
Visit EnviroSociety, a blog providing insights into contemporary socio-ecological issues with posts from top scholars in the social sciences that engage readers interested in current environmental topics.



Cover The International Journal of Social QualityThe International Journal of Social Quality
Volume 8, Issue 2
Published in partnership with the International Association on Social Quality and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences




Cover Nature and CultureNature and Culture
Volume 14, Issue 1
Nature and Culture is now indexed in Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences (CC/S&BS) and the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)!






For updates on these and other Berghahn titles as well as all other exciting developments from Berghahn Books, Follow us on Facebook! become a Facebook fan, follow us

on  Tumblr or Follow us on Twitter! TwitterRelated imageSign up for our email newsletters to get customized updates on new Berghahn publications.