Richard P. Tucker Ph.D.
Ph.D., History, Harvard University, 1966
B.A., History, Oberlin College, 1960
I am teaching two related courses. One is a world environmental history survey, centering on global trends in resource exploitation and pollution accumulation. It emphasizes colonial regimes and their legacies, including the neocolonial reach of the American ecological empire. This constitutes an approach to the history of unsustainability, but it also considers our evolving capacity to consume and manage resources more sustainably. The second course is a world history of environmental impacts of wars and militarization, a major dimension of environmental history that has rarely been considered seriously. This course includes an emphasis on our contemporary situation.
Recent and current research
I continue to do research and writing on the history of American capital investment in tropical and subtropical natural resources, and the expansion of American consumer markets for tropical products, including minerals and petroleum. This is linked to what is presently my primary research, the environmental consequences of wars and military preparations around the world since World War I.
Selected publications in environmental history
- "Forest Management and Imperial Politics: Thana District, Bombay, 1823ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€Ëœ1887," Indian Economic and Social History Review, JulyÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€ËœSepÃâ€š tember 1979, pp. 273ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€Ëœ300.
- Co-editor, with J. F. Richards, Global Deforestation and the NineÃâ€š teenthÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€ËœCentury World Economy. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1983. Author of chapter, "The British Colonial System and the Forests of the Western HimalaÃâ€š yas, 1815ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€Ëœ1914," pp. 146ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€Ëœ66.
- "The Historical Roots of Social Forestry in the Kumaon HimaÃâ€š layas," Journal of Developing Areas, 18:3 (April 1984), pp. 341ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€Ëœ356.
- "The Evolution of Transhumant Grazing in the Punjab Himalaya," Mountain Research and Development, 6:1 (1986), pp. 17ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€Ëœ28.
- With Norman Myers, "Deforestation in Central America: Spanish Legacy and North American Consumers," Environmental Review, 11:1 (Spring 1987), pp. 55ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€Ëœ72.
- CoÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€Ëœeditor, with J. F. Richards, World Deforestation in the Twentieth Century. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1987. Author of chapter, "The British Empire and India's Forest Resources: The Timberlands of Assam and Kumaon, 1914ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€Ëœ1950," pp. 91ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€Ëœ111.
- "The Depletion of India's Forests Under British Imperialism: PlanÃâ€š ters, Foresters and Peasants in Assam and Kerala," in Donald Worster, ed., The Ends of the Earth. Cambridge: Cambridge UniverÃâ€š sity Press, 1988, pp. 118ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€Ëœ140.
- "The Commercial Timber Economy under Two Colonial Regimes in Asia," in John Dargavel, et. al., eds., Changing Tropical Forests: Historical Perspectives on Today's Challenges in Asia, Australasia and Oceania. Canberra: Australian National UniversiÃâ€š ty, 1989, pp. 219ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€Ëœ230.
- "Resident Peoples and Wildlife Reserves in India: the Prehistory of a Strategy," in Patrick West and Stephen Brechin, eds., Resident Populations and National Parks: Social Dilemmas and Strategies in International Conservation. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1991, pp. 40ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€Ëœ50.
- CoÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€Ëœeditor, Changing Tropical Forests: Historical Perspectives on Today's Challenges in Central and South America. Durham, NC: Forest History Society, 1992. Author of chapter, "Foreign Investors, Timber Extraction, and Forest Depletion in Central America before 1941," pp. 265ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€Ëœ276.
- CoÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€Ëœeditor, Changing Pacific Forests: Historical Perspectives on the Forest Economy of the Pacific Basin. And author of chapter, "Managing Subsistence Use of Forest: The Philippine Bureau of Forestry, 1904ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€Ëœ1960," pp. 105ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€Ëœ115. Durham, NC: Forest History Society, 1992.
- "NonÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€ËœTimber Forest Products Extraction in the Western Himalayas under British Rule," in Richard Grove and Vineeta Damodaran, eds., Nature and the Orient: Essays on the Environmental History of South and SouthÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€ËœEast Asia. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1997.
- The Historical Development of Human Impacts on Great Himalayan National Park. Dehra Dun: Wildlife Institute of India and Winrock Institute, 1997.
- Insatiable Appetite: The United States and the Ecological Degradation of the Tropical World. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. Concise, revised edition, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007.
- "Environmentally Damaging Consumption: American Markets and Tropical Nature in the Twentieth Century," in Thomas Princen, ed., Confronting Consumption, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2002.
- Co-editor, with Edmund Russell, Natural Enemy, Natural Ally: Historical Studies in War and the Environment, Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2004.
- ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œContaining Communism by Impounding Rivers: American Strategic Interests and the Global Spread of High Dams in the Early Cold War,ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬ Â in John R. McNeill and Corinna R. Unger, eds., Environmental Histories of the Cold War, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
- ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œEnvironmental Transformations in the Twentieth Century World,ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬ Â in Michael Adas, ed., Global History in the Twentieth Century, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2010.
- ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œExporting War and Importing Commodities: The Global Ecological Reach of the United States,ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬ Â in Douglas Sackman, ed., American Environmental History, New York: Blackwell, 2010.
- ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe International Environmental Movement and the Cold War,ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬ Â in Richard Immerman and Petra Goedde, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
- ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWar and the Environment,ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬ Â in J. R. McNeill and Erin Stewart, eds., Blackwell Companion to Global Environmental History, forthcoming.
- ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe Environmental History of Rubber,ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬ Â in J. R. McNeill and Kenneth Pomeranz, eds., Cambridge World History, Volume VII: Production, Connection, and Destruction, 1750 ÃÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬â€œ Present, forthcoming.
- The Military and the Environment. ABC-CLIO Press, in progress.
- Mass Violence and Ecological Change: A World History. In progress.