Empires and the Environment
Peter A. Coclanis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Joseph G. Manning, Yale University
Gail D. Triner, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
This session will explore how historians and economic historians in various fields, from the ancient Mediterranean to modern Brazil and America, understand the complex relationship between imperial states and natural resources. Leading scholars will address issues such as the concept of "natural resources," the relationship between energy regimes and historical breakthroughs and between state control of resources and economic performance, as well as historic differences between pre- and post-industrial revolution imperial states. The round-table format is designed to encourage an interactive participation of the audience.