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Armies and Ecosystems in Premodern Europe

The Meuse Region, 1250-1850

Sander Govaerts

Amsterdam University Press
Using the ecosystem concept as his starting point, the author examines the complex relationship between premodern armed forces and their environment at three levels: landscapes, living beings, and diseases. The study focuses on Europe’s Meuse Region, well-known among historians of war as a battleground between France and Germany. By analyzing soldiers’ long-term interactions with nature, this book engages with current debates about the ecological impact of the military, and provides new impetus for contemporary armed forces to make greater effort to reduce their environmental footprint.
Author Bio
Sander Govaerts is postdoctoral researcher at the Department of History and Art History, Utrecht University.