World Forest History – A New Book Series

ForestThis is a call for chapter proposals. World Forest History, a new edited book series by the Australian National University E Press, will publish individual volumes of forest history on individual countries and regions of the world. Each book, published in hardcopy and available as a free download, provides a definitive outline of the rise of state and scientific forestry and the evolution of environmental land management practices, with a special focus on colonial forestry and its legacy. The first edited books will focus on the Indian subcontinent and Southern Africa. Subsequent volumes will focus on individual countries and regions in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.

Individuals with research and publication experience related to the history of humans and forests in these countries/regions are welcome to submit abstracts of possible chronological, historiographical, and thematic chapters and to talk with the editors about possible contributions.

Each book will also feature a substantial section of primary sources related to the history of humans and forests. These selections will include laws, scientific documents, literature, oral history, pictures, art, and other important documents. Authors are encouraged to submit original sources of up to 3,000 words with their chapters.

Gregory Barton, research fellow in environmental history at the Australian National University, is the Editor in Chief of the series. Brett Bennett, a PhD student in history at the University of Texas at Austin, will help to coordinate the series. The series will be affiliated with the Centre for Environmental History at the Australian National University.

The Australian National University E press will publish each book in hardcopy form and electronically. Because each book will be available in hardcopy and as a free download, this series should have an enduring presence in libraries and classrooms and will receive maximum exposure and citations.

Please send ideas and submissions to

Dr Gregory Barton:

Brett Bennett: