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Eagle Glassheim

Prof. Dr. Eagle Glassheim

Carson Fellow

Eagle Glassheim is an associate professor of history at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is currently writing a book titled "Cleansing the Czechoslovak Borderlands, 1940s to the 1990s." Though his project focuses most broadly on the aftermath of forced migration, it has some central environmental historical components. Among other things, the book looks at discourses relating the health of natural and social environments, connections between forced migration and environmental decline, and ecological metaphors in debates surrounding the postwar Czechoslovak borderlands.

Glassheim received his PhD in history from Columbia University in 2000. His first book, Noble Nationalists: The Transformation of the Bohemian Aristocracy (Harvard University Press, 2005), examines the conflicted and ultimately unsuccessful efforts of nobles to navigate the nationalization of the political and social order in the Bohemian lands from the 1880s to the 1940s. He teaches central European history and a survey on global environmental history.

RCC research project: Cleansing Czechoslovakia’s Borderlands, 1940s-1990s (pdf, 24 KB)

Film Interview with Eagle Glassheim

Selected Publications:

  • “Heimat a jeho dlouhý stín: Lidská a přírodní ekologie československého pohraničí.”  [Heimat’s long shadow: Human and natural ecologies of the Czechoslovak borderlands.] Dějiny a současnost 32, no. 10 (2010): 16–19.
  • “Most, the Town that Moved: Coal, Communists, and the ‘Gypsy Question’ in Post-War Czechoslovakia.” Environment and History 13, no. 4 (2007): 447–76. 
  • “Ethnic Cleansing, Communism, and Environmental Devastation in Czechoslovakia’s Borderlands, 1945–1989.” Journal of Modern History 78, no. 1 (2006): 65–92.
  • “National Mythologies and Ethnic Cleansing: The Expulsion of Czechoslovak Germans in 1945.” Central European History 33, no. 4 (2000): 463–86.

Last Updated: May 2012