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Histories of Capitalism and the Environment Series

West Virginia University Press is pleased to announce Histories of Capitalism and the Environment, a new book series edited by Bart Elmore.

In recent years the history of capitalism has generated excitement both within and beyond the academy, including front-page coverage of the emerging subdiscipline in the New York Times. Very little of this attention, however, has drawn connections to the work of environmental historians. The new Histories of Capitalism and the Environment series will address this significant gap by bringing capitalism back to ground. It will highlight the environmental transformations wrought by capitalist enterprises in the modern era and also expose the ways in which nature shaped capitalism’s contours. Taking inspiration from field-defining books like Richard White’s Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America, the series will unite two of history’s most vibrant subfields. Its subject matter will range from how nature was implicated in the ideological origins of capitalism to studies of capitalism at the scale of human bodies.

Series Editor:

Bart Elmore is an assistant professor of history at Ohio State University and the author of Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism, a book that traces the global environmental history of the Coca-Cola Company. He is a contributor to the Huffington PostSalon, and Fortune. Learn more at

Editorial Advisory Board:

James R. Allison III, Christopher Newport University
Thomas D. Finger, Northern Arizona University
Stephen Macekura, Indiana University
Emily Pawley, Dickinson College
Christine Rosen, University of California, Berkeley

For more information:

Authors interested in submitting proposals for consideration should contact series editor Bart Elmore at or Than Saffel at West Virginia University Press at

cutover capitalism cover

Cutover Capitalism
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Rogues in the Postcolony
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