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J.R. McNeill
History Department & School of Foreign Service

Georgetown University

Washington, DC 20057-1035

mcneillj@georgetown.edu

DOB: 6 October 1954

updated 2/2017
1. Education

Ph.D. 1981 Duke University

M.A. 1977 Duke University

B.A. 1975 Swarthmore College


2. Professional Employment

2006- University Professor, Georgetown University

2003-06 Cinco Hermanos Chair of Environment and International Affairs, Georgetown

1993- Professor, School of Foreign Service and History Dept., Georgetown University

1990-93 Associate Professor of history, Georgetown University

1985-90 Assistant Professor, intersocietal and African history, Georgetown University

1983-85 Assistant Professor, European history, Goucher College

1981-83 Instructor and Visiting Assistant Professor, Duke University

1982-83 Researcher, Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory

1975-76 Instructor in Geography and Economics, Athens College (Athens, Greece)


VISITING APPOINTMENTS 
2015 University of Oslo

2010 Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris)

2000 University of Canterbury (New Zealand)

1992-93 University of Otago (New Zealand)


3. Publications
BOOKS:
2016 The Great Acceleration: An Environmental History of the Anthropocene since 1945 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2016), 275pp [with Peter

Engelke]
Translations: Chinese (CITIC Press)
2010 Mosquito Empires: Ecology and Warfare in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914

(New York: Cambridge University Press), 371pp


Winner of the Beveridge Prize of the American Historical Association for the best book

on the history of Canada, the United States, or Latin America


Winner of PROSE Award (American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence) for the best book in European and World History
Finalist, Turku Prize, for the best book in European environmental history
Distinguished Research Achievement Award, Georgetown University (2012)
Translated into: Chinese [CITIC]


2003 The Human Web (New York: Norton), 350pp [co-authored with W.H. McNeill]

Translated into: Dutch [Het Spectrum]; Spanish [Critica]; Swedish [SNS Forlag]; Chinese [Peking

University Press]; Finnish [Vastapaino]; Korean [Yeeson]; Japanese [Rakkousha]; Arabic [NCCAL Kuwait]


2000 Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the 20th-century

World (New York: Norton [London: Penguin, 2001]), 421pp
Times (London) list of 10 best science books ever written [12 June 2008]

World History Association Book Prize

Forest History Society, Weyerhauser Book Prize

BP Natural World Book Prize (runner-up)

Distinguished Research Achievement Award, Georgetown University (2003)

translated into: Italian [Einaudi], Spanish [Alianza], Swedish [SNS], German [Campus], Japanese

[University of Nagoya Press], French [Champ Vallon], Hungarian [Ursus Libris], Chinese [Citic Press, 2006, 2017]

1992 The Mountains of the Mediterranean World: An Environmental History (New York: Cambridge University Press), 423pp [paperback 2003]

Translated into Spanish [Caixa Catalunya]

1985 The Atlantic Empires of France and Spain: Louisbourg and Havana, 1700-1763 (Chapel Hill: UNC Press), 329pp

EDITED BOOKS:
2017 Mining North America: An Environmental History since 1522 (Berkeley: University of California Press) [co-edited with George Vrtis]
2015 Cambridge World History. Vol. 7. Production, Destruction, and Connection, 1750 – Present. Part 1: Structures, Spaces, and Boundary Making (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press). [co-edited with Ken Pomeranz]
2015 Cambridge World History. Vol. 7. Production, Destruction, and Connection, 1750 – Present. Part 2: Shared Transformations? (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press). [co-edited with Ken Pomeranz]
2012 Global Environmental History: An Introductory Reader (London: Routledge)

[co-edited with Alan Roe]


2012 A Companion to Global Environmental History (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell)

[co-edited with Erin Stewart Mauldin]


2012 World Environmental History (Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing) [co-

edited with 6 colleagues]


2010 Environmental Histories of the Cold War (New York: Cambridge University

Press) [co-edited with Corinna Unger]


2010 Environmental History As If Nature Existed (New Delhi: Oxford University

Press) [co-edited with José Augusto Padua and Mahesh Rangarajan]


2007 Rethinking Environmental History: World-System History and Global

Environmental Change (Lanham: AltaMira Press) [co-edited with Alf

Hornborg and Joan Martinez Alier]


2006 Soils and Societies: Perspectives from Environmental History

(Cambridge UK: White Horse Press) [co-edited with Verena Winiwarter]


2005 Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History (Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group) 5 vols. [co-edited with William McNeill, Jerry Bentley et al]
2003 Encyclopedia of World Environmental History (New York: Routledge) 3 vols. [co-edited with Sheperd Krech and Carolyn Merchant]
2001 Environmental History in the Pacific World (Aldershot: Ashgate).
1992 Atlantic American Societies from Columbus to Abolition (London: Routledge) 274pp [co-edited with Alan Karras; re-published as e-book in 2002]

EDITED BOOKS IN PROGRESS:


Nature’s Iron Curtain (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Environmental History of World War I (Cambridge University Press)
ARTICLES, CHAPTERS, ESSAYS:
2017 “Scale and Diversity of the Physical Technosphere: A Geological Perspective,”

The Anthropocene Review [with 24 co-authors] 4:1-14.


2016 “Historians, Superhistory, and Climate Change.” In: Methods in World History

ed. by Arne Jarrick, Janken Myrdal and Maria W. Bondesson (Lund: Nordic Academic Press), 19-43.
2016 “Useful only if we want to be” (有用与否,随心而动). Journal for Ecological History (生态 史研究) 1 (2016): 156-157.
2016 “The Anthropocene: a conspicuous stratigraphical signal of anthropogenic changes in production and consumption across the biosphere,” Earth’s Future, 4, doi:10.1002/2015EF000339. [with 24 co-authors]
2016 “Kerülöm az akadémiai zsargon használatát.” Interjú John Robert McNeill környezettörténésszel.” Korall 53:5-18. [a long interview]
2016 “The Geological Cycle of Plastics and Their Use as A Stratigraphic Indicator of the Anthropocene,” Anthropocene doi:10.1016/j.ancene.2016.01.002 [with 16 co-authors, Jan 2016]
2016 “The Anthropocene is Functionally and Stratigraphically Distinct from the Holocene,” Science 351, no 6269 (8 January 2016), 137. [with 23 co-authors; 10pp version at http://dx.doi. org/10.1126/ science.aad2622]
[according to Altmetrics, this was the 84th most influential “research output” of 2.7 million published in 2016]
2016 “The Anthropocene and the Eighteenth Century,” Eighteenth-Century Studies, 49, no. 2 (2016), 117–28
2015 “Harrison, Globalization, and the History of Health, Medicine, and Disease,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 89(2015), 696-99.
2015 “Atmosfaerens historie i kortform,” Vardøger 35: 5-8. [Norwegian translation

of a 2011 piece on the history of the atmosphere from The Geographer]


2015 “Epoch: Disputed Start Dates for the Anthropocene,” Nature 520 (23 April), 436

[co-authored with the Anthropocene Working Group]


2015 “Production, Destruction and Connection, 1750 – Present: Introduction,” in:

J.R. McNeill and Ken Pomeranz, eds., Cambridge World History. Vol. 7. Production, Destruction, and Connection, 1750 – Present. Part 1: Structures, Spaces, and Boundary Making (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press), 1-49. [co-authored with Ken Pomeranz]


2015 “Energy, Population, and Environmental Change since 1750: Entering the Anthropocene.” in: J.R. McNeill and Ken Pomeranz, eds., Cambridge World History. Vol. 7. Production, Destruction, and Connection, 1750 – Present. Part 1: Structures, Spaces, and Boundary Making (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press), 51-82.
2015 “自1900年以来的国际体系,强权国家和环境变化。H.-G. Brauch, L. Cheng et al, eds.,

面对全球环境变化:环境,人类,能源,食品,健康和水安全的观念

(Nanjing: Nanjing Press), 43-61. [“The International System, the Great Powers, and Environmental Change since 1900”]
2015 “Colonization of the Americas, ‘Little Ice Age’ Climate, and Bomb-produced

Carbon: Their Role in Defining the Anthropocene,” The Anthropocene Review

2,2: 117-27 [with 22 co-authors]
2015 “Can Nuclear Weapons Fallout Mark the Beginning of the Anthropocene Epoch?” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 71,3(2015), 46-57 [with 10 co-authors]
2015 “Nature Preservation and Political Power in the Anthropocene,” in: Ben Minteer

and Stephen J. Pyne, eds., After Preservation: Saving American Nature in the Age



of Humans (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), 17-23.
2015 “When Did the Anthropocene Begin?” Quaternary International 383(2015), 196-203 [with 24 co-authors].
2014 “Introduction,” to John F. Richards, The World Hunt: An Environmental History of the Commodification of Animals (Berkeley: University of California Press), xi-xix.
2014 “Presidential Address: Toynbee as Environmental Historian,” Environmental History 19(2014), 1-20.
2014 “Maunder Minimum and Parker Maximum,” Historically Speaking: The Bulletin

of the Historical Society 14,5 (November 2013 [sic]), 34-35.
2014 “En Route to World Environmental History.” In: Kenneth Curtis, ed., Architects of World History (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell), 30-55.
2014 “Into the Anthropocene: People and Their Planet.” In: Akira Iriye, ed., Global Interdependence: The World after 1945 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press), 365-533 [with Peter Engelke].
Published in German as “Mensch und Umwelt im Zeitalter des Anthopozän,” in Iriye and Osterhammel, eds. Geschichte der Welt: 1945 bis Heute (Munich: Beck), 357-534.
2013 “Perils of Global Environmental History,” World History Bulletin 29, 2:15-17.
2013 “L’empire des fièvres,” Les grand dossiers des sciences humaines (hors-série no. 2), 54-57.
2013 “The Anthropocene Review: Its Significance, Implications and the Rationale

for a New Transdisciplinary Journal,” The Anthropocene Review 1:1-5 (with

Frank Oldfield, Tony Barnofsky, John Dearing, Marina Fischer-Kowalski,

Will Steffen, Jan Zalaciewicz)


2013 “Radkau on the Americas,” Social Science History 37:393-405.
2013 “International Systems and Their Discontents.” In: Erika Marie Bsumek, David Kinkela, and Mark A. Lawrence, eds., Nation-States and the Global Environment (New York: Oxford University Press), 275-87.
2013 “Une Histoire environnementale du monde dans l’ère des énergies fossiles (1800-2012).” In: Charles-François Mathis and Jean-François Mouhot, eds., Une Protection de l’environnment à la française? (Paris: Champ Vallon), 26-42.
2013 “Envisioning an Ecological Atlantic, 1500-1850,” Nova Acta Leopoldina 114:21-33.
2013 “Problèmes et perspectives de l’histoire globale de l’environnement depuis 1990.”

In: Alain Caillé and Stéphane Dufoix, eds., Le tournant global des sciences sociales (Paris: La Découverte), 77-100.


2012 “Global Environmental History: An Introduction.” In: J.R. McNeill and E.S. Mauldin, eds., A Companion to Global Environmental History (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell), xvi-xxiv.
2012 “Global Environmental History: The First 150,000 Years.” In: J.R. McNeill and E.S. Mauldin, eds., A Companion to Global Environmental History (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell), 3-17.
2012 “Biological Exchange in Global Environmental History.” In: J.R. McNeill and E.S. Mauldin, eds., A Companion to Global Environmental History (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell), 433-52.
2012 “The Eccentricity of the Middle East and North Africa’s Environmental History.”

In: Alan Mikhail, ed., Water on Sand: Environmental Histories of the Middle East and North Africa (New York: Oxford University Press), 27-50.


2012 “The State of the Field of Environmental History,” [in Chinese] Quanqiushi pinglun 4(2011), 3-49.
2011 “A Short History of the Atmosphere,” The Geographer (Autumn 2011), 6-7.
2011 “Thrift and Waste in American History: An Ecological View.” In: Joshua Yates and James Davison Hunter, eds., Thrift and Thriving in America: Capitalism and Moral Order from the Puritans to the Present (New York: Oxford University Press), 508-35 [co-authored with George Vrtis]
2011 “Future Research Needs in Environmental History.” In: K. Coulter and C. Mauch, eds., The Future of Environmental History (Munich: Carson Center), 13-15.
2011 “Environments of Hell and Paradise,” Journal of Pacific History 46:123-6.
2011 “The Ecological Atlantic.” In: Nicholas Canny and Philip Morgan, eds.

The Oxford Handbook of the Atlantic World, c. 1450-c.1850 (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 289-304.



Reprinted in Philip Morgan and Molly Warsh, eds., Early North America in Global Perspective

(London: Routledge, 2014), 77-94.
2011 “Biological Exchanges in World History.” In: J. Bentley, ed., The Oxford Handbook of World History (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 325-42.
2011 “The Anthropocene: Conceptual and Historical Perspectives,” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 369 (13 March), no. 1938: 842-67

[co-authored with Will Steffen, Paul Crutzen, Jacques Grinevald]


2011 “Homogeneity, Heterogeneity, Pigs, and Pandas in World History,” Cliodynamics: The Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical History 2,1:106-120.
Translated into Chinese and published in Oriental History Review (Beijing) 2014
2011 “Environmental History.” In: U. Rublack, ed., A Concise Companion to History

(Oxford: Oxford University Press), 299-315.


Translated into German [Fischer Verlag] and Chinese [Shanghai Press]
2011 “Henry Ford, Greg Grandin, and the Ideology of Rural Virtue,” Il mestiero di

storico 2:14-18.
2011 “The Historiography of Environmental History.” In: D. Woolf, ed., The Oxford History of Historical Writing (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), vol. 5:159-76.
2010 “Plithismos kai perivallon sti Voreia Pindo, apo to 18o eos ton 20o aiona.”

[Population and Environment in the Northern Pindos, 18th to 20th centuries]. In: Chloe Vassilopoulou and Georgia Liarakou, eds., Perivallontiki istoria: meletes yia tin archaia kai ti synchroni Elladha [Environmental History: Studies from Ancient and Modern Greece] (Athens: Elliniki Grammata), 95-126.


Reprinted: (Athens: Pedío, 2011), 77-99.
2010  “The State of the Field of Environmental History,” Annual Review of Environment and Resources 35 :345-74.
Translated and published in: Quanqiushi pinglun 4(2011), 3-49.
2010 “The First Hundred Thousand Years.” In : Frank Uekotter, ed., The Turning

Points of Environmental History (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press), 13-

28.
2010 “El vòmit negre i la geopolítica: el medi ambient, les epidèmies i les batalles per

l’imperi en els tròpics americans,” Recerques: Història, Economia, Cultura 57

(2008), 7-24 [2008 issue published in 2010]


2010 “World Environmental History: The First 100,000 Years,”

Quanqiushi pinglun [Global History Review] (in Chinese), vol 2:73-82.


2010 “Introduction: The Big Picture.” In: J.R. McNeill and Corinna Unger, eds.,

Environmental Histories of the Cold War (New York: Cambridge University

Press), 1-19 [co-authored with Corinna Unger]
2010 “The Biosphere and the Cold War.” In: Melvyn P. Leffler and Odd Arne Westad,

eds., The Cambridge History of the Cold War (Cambridge: Cambridge University

Press), vol 3: 422-44.
2010 “The Environment, Environmentalism, and International Society in the Long

1970s.” In: Niall Ferguson, Charles Maier, Erez Manela, and Daniel Sargent,

eds., The Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective (Cambridge, MA:

Harvard University Press), 263-78.


2010 “La fin du monde: est-elle vraiment pour demain?” La revue internationale

des libres et des idées 16(mars-avril 2010), 42-49.
2010 “Introduction: Is Nature A Great Economist?” (with J.A. Padua and M.

Rangarajan) in: J.R. McNeill, J.A. Padua and M. Rangarajan, eds.,

Environmental History As If Nature Existed (New Delhi: Oxford University

Press), 1-10.


2010 “Environmental History in General and in Asia.” In: J.R. McNeill, J.A. Padua and M. Rangarajan, eds., Environmental History As If Nature Existed (New Delhi:

Oxford University Press), 13-25.


2009 “Sustainable Survival.” In: Questioning Collapse: Human Resilience, Ecological

Vulnerability and the Aftermath of Empire, ed. by Patricia McAnany and Norman

Yoffee, (New York: Cambridge University Press), 355-66.


2009 “Environmental History in the Americas : The Two Great Invasions,”

Nova Acta Leopoldina 98:185-200.


2009 “The Global Environmental Footprint of the U.S. Military, 1789-2003.”  (With

David Painter). In : Charles Closmann, ed., War and the Environment (College

Station, TX : Texas A&M Press), 10-31.
2009 “The International System, Great Powers, and Environmental Change since 1900.” 

In : Hans-Günter Brauch, ed. Facing Global Environmental Change: Environ­men­ tal,



Human, Energy, Food, Health and Water Security Concepts (Dordrecht: Springer), 42-52.
2009 “Introduction : Environmental and Economic Management.” In : Alfred McCoy

and Francisco Scarano, eds., Colonial Crucible : Empire in the Making of the



Modern American State (Madison : University of Wisconsin Press), 475-8.
2009 “What Is Global Environmental History ?” Global Environment 2 :228-49 (with

P. Bevilacqua, G. Castro, R. Chakrabarti, K. du Pisani, D. Worster)


2008 “O prirode i kulture ekologicheskoi istorii.” In: Yuliya Laius et al, eds.,

Sovremennye napravleniya v istoricheskoi nauke (St. Petersburg: Aleteiya), 23- 83.


2008 “El vómito negro y la geopolítica: El medio ambiente, las epidemias, y las

batallas por el imperio en los trópicos americanos.” In: Reinaldo Funes Monzote,

ed., Naturaleza en declive (Valencia: Biblioteca Historia Social), 99-124.
2008 “Gigantic Follies? Human Exploration and the Space Age in Long-term

Historical Perspective.” In: Steven J. Dick, ed., Remembering the Space Age

(Washington DC: NASA), 3-16.
2008 “Nengyuan diguo: huashi ruanliao yu 1580 nian yilai de diyuan zhengzhi”

[Empires of energy:  fossil-fuels and geopolitics since 1580].  Xueshu yanjiu

[Academic Research] 6:108-114.
2008 “Foreword: The Eye of the Needle.” In: Barry Gills and Jan Oosthoek, eds.,

The Globalization of Environmental Crisis (London: Routledge), vii-xi.


2008 “Can History Help with Global Warming?” In: Kurt Campbell, ed.,

Climatic Cataclysm: The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications



of Climate Change (Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press), 26-48.
2008 “Global Environmental History in the Age of Fossil Fuels (1800-2007).”

In: T. Mizoguchi, ed., The Environmental Histories of Europe and Japan

(Kobe: Nagoya University Graduate School), 1-11.
2008 “The Three Stages of the Anthropocene,” Island GeoScience 5, 1:

2-5 [co-authored with Will Steffen]


2008 “Carpintero on Spanish Economic History: A Review Essay,” Global

Environment 1:216-23.
2008 “Impatto ambientale: I primi 100mila anni,” Oxygen [Rome], 2:16-27.
2007 “The Anthropocene: Are Humans Now Overwhelming the Great Forces of

Nature?” Ambio 36, 8:614-621. [co-authored with Will Steffen and Paul Crutzen]


Republished in The Globalization and Environment Reader, ed. by Peter Newell and J.T. Roberts

(Chichester: Wiley, 2017), 27-42.


2007 “Global Environmental History since 1900.” In: Angelo Varni, ed., Storia

e ambiente (Bologna: Bononia University Press), 17-26.
2007 “Constraints on War.” In: A. Games and A. Rothman, eds., Major Problems in

Atlantic History (Boston: Houghton Mifflin), 315-21. [excerpted from 2004

article in OAH Magazine of History]


2007 “Prefacio: Los Pirineos en la historia.” In I. Vaccaro and O. Beltran, eds.,

Ecología política de los Pirineos: Estado, historia y paisaje (Tremp: Garsineu

Edicions), 9-11.
2007 “Il riscaldamento globale, Al Gore, e la veritá,” Passato e Presente 72:119-26.
2007 “World Environmental History: The First 100,000 Years,” Historically Speaking

8 (July/August 2007), 6-8.


[translated into Chinese and printed in Global History Review (Beijing), vol. 2, 73-82; into Italian and printed in Oxygen [Rome]; reprinted in World History and the History of the West, ed. By D. Yerxa (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2009), 28-36.
2007 “The Green Revolution.” In: Mahesh Rangarajan, ed., Environmental Issues in

India (Delhi: Pearson Longman), 184-94. [reprinted from Something New

Under the Sun]
2007 “Yellow Jack and Geopolitics, 1640-1830.” in Alf Hornborg et al, eds., Rethinking Environmental History (Lanham: AltaMira Press), 199-220.
2007 “Revolutionary Mosquitoes of the Atlantic World: Malaria and Independence

in the United States of America.” In: Paolo Squatriti, ed., Natures Past: The



Environment and Human History (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007),

145-71.
2007 “Social, Economic, and Political Forces in Environmental Change:

Decadal Scale (1900 to 2000).” In R. Costanza, L. Graumlich, and W. Steffen, eds., Sustainability or Collapse: An Integrated History and Future of People on

Earth (Cambridge, MA: M.I.T. Press), 301-330.
2007 “Group Report: Decadal-scale Interactions of Humans and the Environment.”

In: R. Costanza, L. Graumlich, and W. Steffen, eds., Sustainability or Collapse: An Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (Cambridge, MA: M.I.T. Press), 341-78. [with 7 co-authors]


2006 “Population and the Natural Environment: Trends and Challenges,”

Population and Development Review, suppl. to vol. 32, 183-201.


2006 “Soils, Soil Knowledge and Environmental History,” in: J.R. McNeill and

Verena Winiwarter, eds., Soils and Societies: Perspectives from Environmental



History (Cambridge UK: White Horse Press), 1-6. [co-authored with V.

Winiwarter]


2006 “Sostenibilidad ambiental y políticas de Estado: una visión histórica,” in Alfonso

Guerra and José Felix Tezanos, eds., Las políticas de la tierra (Madrid : Editorial

Sistema), 175-84. 
2006 “Historical Perspectives on Global Ecology,” in: E. Lazlo and P. Seidel, eds.,

Global Survival: The Challenge and Its Implications (New York: Select Books),

189-206.
2006 “Yellow Fever, Empire and Revolution: The Political Impacts of Infectious

Disease in the Caribbean Region, 1640-1900,” in Pekka Hämäläinen ed., When



Disease Makes History: Epidemics and Great Historical Turning Points (Helsinki: Helsinki University Press, 81-111.
2005 “Diamond in the Rough: Is There a Genuine Environmental Threat to Security? A Review Essay,” International Security 30(1):178-95.
2005 “Modern Global Environmental History” IHDP Update no. 2(2005), 1-3.
2005 “The Great Powers and the Global Environment in the Twentieth Century,”

In: Faruk Tabak, ed., Allies As Rivals: The U.S., Europe, and Japan in a



Changing World System (Boulder and London: Paradigm Publishers, 2005),

187-206.


2005 “A Historical Introduction to Global Environmental Change: The Role of

Ideas since 1900,” Cairo Papers in Social Science 26, no. 1(2005), 7-20.


2005 “Yellow Jack and Geopolitics: Environment, Epidemics, and the Struggles for

Empire in the American Tropics, 1640-1900,” in Jeffry Diefendorf and Kurk

Dorsey, eds., City, Country, Empire: Landscapes in Environmental History

(Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press), 193-206.


2005 “Naturaleza y cultura de la historia ambiental,” Nómadas (Instituto de Estudios Sociales Contemporáneos, Universidad Central, Bogotá) 22(2005), 12-25.
2005 “Drunks, Lampposts, and Environmental History,” Environmental History 10:64- 66.

2004 “Yellow Jack and Geopolitics: Environment, Epidemics, and the Struggles for

Empire in the American Tropics, 1640-1830,” Review (Fernand Braudel Center)

27: 343-64.

Reprinted in: Rethinking Environmental History: World-System History and Global

Environmental Change (Lanham: AltaMira Press) [co-edited by Alf Hornborg, J.R. McNeill, and Joan Martinez Alier], 199-217.

2004 “Woods and Warfare in World History,” Environmental History 9:388-410.


2004 “Breaking the Sod: Humankind, History, and Soil,” Science 304(11 June 2004), 1627-9. [co-authored with Verena Winiwarter]
2004 “Yellow Jack and Geopolitics: Environment, Epidemics, and the Struggles for Empire in the American Tropics, 1650-1825,” OAH Magazine of History 18, 3: 9-13. [this is a highly condensed version of the essay appearing in Review in 2004]


2003 "Foreword," to Alfred Crosby, The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492 (Wesport, CT: Praeger), xi-xv.
2003 “Theses on Radkau,” Bulletin of the German Historical Institute 33: 45-52.
2003 “Observations on the Nature and Culture of Environmental History,” History and Theory 42, no. 4: 5-43.

[translated as “Naturaleza y cultura de la historia ambiental,” and published in Nómadas (Instituto de Estudios Sociales Contemporáneos, Universidad Central, Bogotá) 22(2005), 12-25.]


2003 “Resource Exploitation and Over-exploitation: A Look at the Twentieth Century.”

In: Brigitta Benzing and Bernd Hermann, eds., Exploitation and Overexploitation in Societies Past and Present (Münster: International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences and Lit Verlag), 51-62.


2003 “Environmental Change and Security.” In: Michael E. Brown, ed., Grave New World: Security Challenges in the 21st Century (Washington: Georgetown University Press), 178-97.
2003 “Global History, World History, Big History,” Erwägen, Wissen, Ethik 14:104-6.
2003 “Historical Perspectives on Global Ecology,” World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution 59:263-74.
2003 “Environmental History Suggests a Path to Sustainability,” Renewable Resources Journal 21, no. 1:11-15.
2003 “Europe’s Place in the Global History of Biological Exchange,”

Landscape Research 28:33-39.


2002 “El sistema internacional y el cambio medioambientale en el siglo XX,”

Ayer [Madrid] 46:19-42.


2002 “Consecuencias ambientales de las activivades militares de estados unidos desde 1789,” Ecología Política [Barcelona] 23:49-65
2002 “The Global Environment in the American Century.” In: Roberto Rabel, ed., The American Century? In Retrospect and Prospect (Westport, CT: Praeger), 41-56.
2002 “Earth, Wind, Water and Fire: Resource Exploitation in the Twentieth Century,”

Global Dialogue 4,1:11-19.
2002 “Yellow Fever and Geopolitics: Environment, Epidemics, and the Struggles for Empire in the American Tropics, 1650-1900,” History Now: Te Pae Tawhito O Te Wa, 8, 2:10-16.
2002 “Environment and History in South America and South Africa.” In: S. Dovers, R. Edgecombe, and Bill Guest, eds., South Africa’s Environmental History: Cases and Comparisons (Athens, OH and Cape Town: Ohio University Press and David Philip), 240-249.

2001 “Introduction” to J.R. McNeill, ed., Environmental History in the Pacific World (Aldershot: Ashgate), xiii-xxix.


2001 “Biological Exchange and Biological Invasion in World History.” In: Sølvi Sogner, ed., Making Sense of Global History (Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 2001), 106-119.
2001 “The World According to Jared Diamond,” The History Teacher 34:165-74.
2001 “Tragedies of Privatization: Land, Liberty, and Environmental Change in Spain and Italy, 1800-1910.” In: J.F. Richards, ed., Land, Property, and the Environment (Oakland: Institute for Contemporary Studies), 222-34.
2000 “Ideas Matter: A Political History of the Twentieth-Century Environment,”

Current History 99:371-82.
2000 “Ecology and Strategy in the Mediterranean: Points of Intersection.” in: John B.

Hattendorf, ed., Naval Strategy and Policy in the Mediterranean: Past, Present,



and Future (London: Frank Cass, 2000), 374-391.
1999 “Ecologia, Epidemias e Impérios: Mudanças no Ambiente e a Geopolitica da America Tropical, 1600-1825.” In: Região Autónoma da Madeira, História e Meio-Ambiente o Impacto da Expansão Europeia (Funchal: Centro de Estudos de História do Atlântico, 1999), 301-12.
1999 “Epidemics, Environment and Empire: Yellow Fever and Geopolitics in the American Tropics, 1650-1825,” Environment and History, 5:175-84.
1999 “Islands in the Rim: Ecology and History In and Around the Pacific, 1521-1996.” In: D.O. Flynn, Lionel Frost, and A.J.H. Latham, eds., Pacific Centuries: Pacific and Pacific Rim History since the Sixteenth Century (London: Routledge), 70-84.

1998 "Chinese Environmental History in World Perspective" in Mark Elvin and

Ts'ui-jung Liu, eds., Sediments of Time: Environment and Society in Chinese

History (NY: Cambridge University Press), 31-52.
Reprinted in China: Adapting the Past: Confronting the Future, ed. by Thomas Buoye et al (Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 2002)
1998 “From Magellan to MITI: Pacific Rim Economies and Pacific Island Ecologies since 1521,” in Sally Miller, A.J.H. Latham and Dennis O. Flynn, eds., Studies in the Economic History of the Pacific Rim (London: Routledge), 72-93.
1997 "Pacific Ecology and British Imperialism, 1770-1970" in Hermann Hiery and John MacKenzie, eds., European Impact and Pacific Influence: British and German Colonial Policy in the Pacific Islands and Indigenous Response (London: I.B. Tauris and the German Historical Institute),123-138.

1996 "American Ports and Imperial Trade," in Susan Socolow, ed., The Atlantic Staple



Trade. II. The Economics of Trade (Aldershot, UK: Variorum), 665-96.
1996 "The Reserve Army of the Unmarried in World Economic History: Flexible Fertility Regimes and the Wealth of Nations" in Derek Aldcroft and Ross Catterall, eds. Rich Nations, Poor Nations: The Long-Run Perspective (London:Edgar Elgar), 23-38.
1995 "Chinese Environmental History in World Perspective," in Mark Elvin and Liu Ts'ui-jung, eds., Sediments of Time: Environment and Society in Chinese History (Taipei: Academia Sinica Institute of Economics), 39-66. [in Chinese]
1995 "Enlightenment Ideology and Spanish Ecology (1750-1900)" Human Dimensions Quarterly vol 1., no. 3(1995), 10-12.
1994 "Of Rats and Men: A Synoptic Environmental History of the Island Pacific,"

Journal of World History 5(1994), 299-349.


[reprinted in: J. Donald Hughes, ed. The Face of the Earth: Environment and World

History (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2000), 76-130.]
1994 "Atlantic Empires of France and Spain: Louisbourg and Havana," in Chad Gaffield, ed., The Invention of Canada: Readings in Pre-Confederation History (Toronto: Copp Clark Longman), 159-200. [reprinted from my 1985 book]
1994 "Toward a Typology and Regionalization of Land Cover and Land Use Change: Report of Working Group B," in B.L. Turner and W. Meyer, eds., Changes in Land Use and Land Cover: A Global Perspective (New York: Cambridge University Press), 55-71.

1993 invited comment on Andre Gunder Frank, "Bronze Age World System Cycles,"

Current Anthropology, 34, 4(August-October 1993), 416-17.
1992 "Kif in the Rif: An Historical and Ecological Perspective on Marijuana, Markets, and Manure in Northern Morocco," Mountain Research and Development 12, 4(November 1992), 389-92.
1992 "The End of the Atlantic World, 1770-1888," in Alan Karras and J.R. McNeill, eds., Atlantic American Societies from Columbus to Abolition (London: Routledge), 245-268.
1992 "The Earth As Transformed by Human Action," a review essay in Environment 34(April, 1992):25-29
1991 "Future History. Round I: High Climatic Change (Europe)," in Jill Jäger, ed., The Challenge of Sustainable Development in a Greenhouse World: Some Visions of

the Future (Stockholm: Stockholm Environmental Institute, 1991), 27-29.
1991 "Future History. Round II: Low Climatic Change," in Jill Jäger, ed., The

Challenge of Sustainable Development in a Greenhouse World: Some Visions of

the Future (Stockholm: Stockholm Environmental Institute, 1991), 46-62.
1989 "Deforestation and Peasant Exodus in the Epirot Pindus," Scientific Annals

of the University of Thessaloniki Department of Forestry and Natural Environment Vol. LB, no.20 (1989), 489-95.
1988 "Deforestation in the Araucaria Zone of Southern Brazil, 1900-1983," in J.F. Richards and R.P. Tucker, eds., World Deforestation in the Twentieth Century (Durham: Duke University Press, 1988), 15-32.
1987 "Twentieth-Century Latin America," in Stephen Fortune, ed. Unbound But Still Unfree (Dubuque: Kendall-Hunt, 1987), 201-216.
1986 "Agriculture, Forests, and Ecological History: Brazil, 1500-1983," Environmental Review 10(1986):122-133.
1985 "The Ecological Basis of Warfare in the Caribbean, 1700-1804," in M. Ultee, ed., Adapting to Conditions: War and Society in the Eighteenth Century (University: University of Alabama Press, 1986), 26-42.
1984 "Yellow Fever in Havana in the Early Nineteenth Century," Journal of the Florida Medical Association, 71(1984), 456-462 (co-authored with Dr. William Coker)

ENCYCLOPEDIA ARTICLES, JOURNALISM, AND OCCASIONAL PIECES


2016 “How Fascist is Donald Trump?” Washington Post (20 October)
2016 “Earth Day: Are We at the Beginning of New Geological Era?” Washington Post 22 April [with Peter Engelke]
2014 “Pathogens of the Caribbean: The Prequel,” AHA Perspectives (December)
2013 “Lessons of Munich, Lessons of Vietnam, Lessons of History,” AHA Perspectives (September)
2013 “MOOCs and Historical Research,” AHA Perspectives (March)
2012 “Preface: History and Environmental History.” In: Bao Maohong, The Origins

of Environmental History and Its Development (Beijing: Peking University Press),

419-21.
2012 “Save the War Stories,” Washington Post op-ed (18 March)


2011 “Mosquitoes at Yorktown,” Washington Post (21 October)
2010 “Environmental History” EOLSS (on-line encyclopedia of the social sciences)
2009 “La croissance urbaine,” Le Monde (December ??)
2008 “E’ iniziata 8 mila anni fa la distruzione del Pianeta,” La Stampa (9 January)
2008 “L’Uomo? Il Principale “Disturbo” della Terra.” L’Unità (11 January)
2007 “Why Bother with Africa and Latin America?” In: AP World History 2007-2008

Professional Development Workshop Materials (Princeton: The College Board),

7-10.


2005 “Biological Exchanges,” in McNeill et al, eds., Berkshire Encyclopedia of World

History (Gt. Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing), 249-256.
2003 “Biological Exchanges,” in Krech, McNeill, and Merchant, eds., Encyclopedia of World Environmental History (NY: Routledge), 133-39.

[reprinted in Berskhire Encyclopedia of World History, McNeill et al eds. 2004, 249-55.]

2003 “Black Sea,” in Krech, McNeill, and Merchant, eds., Encyclopedia of World Environmental History (NY: Routledge), 154-5.
2003 “Mediterranean Sea,” in Krech, McNeill, and Merchant, eds., Encyclopedia of World Environmental History (NY: Routledge), 826-8.
2003 “Midgley, Thomas,” in Krech, McNeill, and Merchant, eds., Encyclopedia of World Environmental History (NY: Routledge), 844-5.
2003 “Population, Human,” in Krech, McNeill, and Merchant, eds., Encyclopedia of World Environmental History (NY: Routledge), 1009-14.
2000 “Playing Dice with the Planet,” Financial Times, 2-3 September
1996 "Navy, France" in A. Gallay, ed., Colonial Wars of North America, 1512-1763: An Encyclopedia (NY: Garland), 475-77.
1996 "Navy, Spain (1700-1763)," in A. Gallay, ed. Colonial Wars of North America, 1512-1763: An Encyclopedia (NY: Garland), 480-81.
1996 "Louisbourg" in A. Gallay, ed., Colonial Wars of North America, 1512-1763: An

Encyclopedia (NY:Garland), 389-91.

1996 "French-Latin American Relations" in Encyclopedia of Latin American History (New York: Scribner's)





  1. 20“Environmentalism,” in Peter Stearns, ed., Encyclopedia of Social History

(New York: Garland)


1977 "Climbing Kilimanjaro," Swarthmore Alumni Bulletin, 3(1977)

ELECTRONIC FORMAT

2016 “Comment” GSA Today, v. 27, no. 2, p. e36, doi: 10.1130/GSATG309C.1.

[together with several co-authors]

2016 http://culturesofenergy.com/golden-spikes-and-the-great-acceleration-a-conversation-with-j-r-mcneill/

2016 “How the Lowly Mosquito Helped America Win Independence,” Smithsonian



Magazine (15 June) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-lowly-mosquito-helped-america-win-independence-180959411/?no-ist

2016 “Zika and the Rise, Fall, and Rise of Aedes Aegypti in the Americas,” AHA blog

(8 March)

2016 “Why We Have Reason to Fear Zika,” History News Network (28 February)

2016 “Mosquito-borne Ailments that Changed the World before Zika,” Time Magazine

http://time.com/4245544/mosquito-history/

2014 “Changing Climates of History,” Public Books (1 December)

http://www.publicbooks.org/nonfiction/changing-climates-of-history

2014 “Ebola: A Wake-up Call?” Fortune Magazine (22 October; http://fortune.com/2014/10/22/ebola-a-wake-up-call/)

2013 “Response to Autin and Holbrook on ‘Is the Anthropocene an Issue of

Stratigraphy or Pop Culture?” Geological Society of America Today

v. 22, doi: 10.1130/GSATG162C.1, p. e21-22.

2012 “Biden v. Ryan” AHA website (12 October)

2012 “Veterans and Remembrance: Before It’s Too Late,” AHA website (October)

2011 “Darkening Skies on the Road to Durban,” YaleGlobal Online (21 November)

[http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/darkening-skies-road-durban-part-i]

[re-published as “The Bumpy Road to Durban in The Khaleej Times, 25 November]

2011 “Responses” H-Environment Roundtable on Mosquito Empires [available at: http://www.h-net.org/~environ/roundtables/env-roundtable-1-1.pdf]

2009 “Climat : 1890-2009 : la longue marche de la régulation environnementale.”

Fenêtre sur l’Europe, 28 October 2009. [available at:

http://www.fenetreeurope.com/php/page.php?section=dossiers&id=0235]

2005 “Globalization and Yellow Fever,” The Globalist (on-line) 30 August 2005

2001 “Science and Technology in the 20th Century,” Gale Group World History Encyclopedia

1999 “Environmental History,” Encyclopedia Brittanica On-Line

1999 “The Columbian Exchange,” Encarta On-Line

1999 “Environmental History of the Fossil Fuel Age, 1820-2000,” Encarta On-Line

1998 Timeline of World Ecological History. Encyclopedia Britannica On-Line

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