In the age of climate change, the possibility that dramatic environmental transformations might cause the dislocation of millions of people has become not only a matter for scientific speculation or science-fiction narratives, but the object of strategic planning and military analysis.

Environmental History of Modern Migrations offers a worldwide perspective on the history of migrations throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and provides an opportunity to reflect on the global ecological transformations and developments which have occurred throughout the last few centuries. With a primary focus on the environment/migration nexus, this book advocates that global environmental changes are not distinct from global social transformations. Instead, it offers a progressive method of combining environmental and social history, which manages to both encompass and transcend current approaches to environmental justice issues.

This edited collection will be of great interest to students and practitioners of environmental history and migration studies, as well as those with an interest in history and sociology.

chapter 1|15 pages


Migrants in environmental history
ByMarco Armiero, Richard Tucker

part I|91 pages

Changing natures

chapter 1|22 pages

Waves of migration

Settlement and creation of the Hawaiian environment
ByCarol MacLennan

chapter 2|12 pages

European immigration and changes in the landscape of southern Brazil

ByEunice Sueli Nodari, Miguel Mundstock Xavier de Carvalho

chapter 3|18 pages

Migrants and the making of the American landscape

ByMarco Armiero

chapter 4|17 pages

Making the land Russian?

Migration, settlement, and environment in the Russian Far East, 1860–1914
ByMark Sokolsky

chapter 5|20 pages

Coal lives

Body, work and memory among Italian miners in Wallonia, Belgium
ByDaniele Valisena, Marco Armiero

part II|48 pages

Racializing natures

chapter 6|13 pages

Riotous environments

Filipino immigrants in the fields of California
ByLinda L. Ivey

chapter 7|19 pages

Creating the threatening “others”

Environment, Chinese immigrants and racist discourse in colonial Australia
ByFei Sheng

chapter 8|14 pages

Nativist politics and environmental privilege

Ecological and cultural conflicts concerning Latin American migration to the United States
ByDavid Naguib Pellow, Lisa Sun-Hee Park

part III|50 pages

Naturalizing causes

chapter 9|18 pages

Environmental degradation as a cause of migration

Cautionary tales from Brazil
ByAngus Wright

chapter 11|16 pages

Archaeologies of the future

Tracing the lineage of contemporary discourses on the climate–migration nexus
ByGiovanni Bettini