Turku Book Prize
The Turku Book Prize is a joint prize of the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC). The award is named after the city of Turku, Finland, where it was awarded for the first time at the sixth ESEH Conference in June 2011.
The Turku Book Prize is intended to identify and encourage innovative and well-written scholarship in the field of European environmental history and carries a prize money of €3,000.
Entries must follow these citeria:
- Single-authored monographs;
- Original work recognizable as European environmental history.
The Turku Prize Committee is regularly chaired by a member or alumna of the Rachel Carson Center. Three of its members are nominated by the RCC and two members by the ESEH. The 2023 committee consisted of:
- Marcus Hall (University of Zurich, Switzerland);
- Nicolai Hannig (winner of the prize in 2021; Darmstadt Technical University, Germany);
- Ulrike Plath (Tallinn University, Estonia), committee chair;
- Violette Pouillard (Ghent University, Belgium);
- Katie Ritson (Rachel Carson Center, Germany).
Turku Book Prize 2023
Agresta, Abigail. The Keys to Bread and Wine: Faith, Nature, and Infrastructure in Late Medieval Valencia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2022.
- Hardenberg, Wilko Graf von. A Monastery for the Ibex: Conservation, State, and Conflict on the Gran Paradiso, 1919–1949. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021.
- Lehmann, Philipp. Desert Edens: Colonial Climate Engineering in the Age of Anxiety. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2022.
- Orsini, Davide. The Atomic Archipelago: US Nuclear Submarines and Technopolitics of Risk in Cold War Italy. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2022.
Special mention was given to Alexandra Cotofana for her wonderful contribution to the development of a region with Xenophobic Mountains: Landscape Sentience Reconsidered in the Romanian Carpathians (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022).
The selection committee consisted of chair Ulrike Plath (Tallinn University) with fellow members Katie Ritson (Rachel Carson Center), Marcus Hall (University of Zurich), 2021 Turku Book Prize recipient Nicolai Hannig (Darmstadt Technical University), and Violette Pouillard (Ghent University).
Turku Book Prize 2021
Hannig, Nicolai. Kalkulierte Gefahren. Naturkatastrophen und Vorsorge seit 1800. Wallstein, 2019.
- Barnett, Lydia. After the Flood: Imagining the Global Environment in Early Modern Europe. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019.
- Fleischmann, Thomas. Communist Pigs: An Animal History of East Germany's Rise and Fall. University of Washington Press, 2020.
- Lekan, Thomas. Our Gigantic Zoo: A German Quest to Save the Serengeti. Oxford University Press, 2020.
- Piccioni, Luigi. The Beloved Face of the Country: The First Movement for Nature Conservation Protection in Italy, 1880–1934. The White Horse Press, 2020.
The selection committee consisted of Martin Knoll (Salzburg University, Austria), Christof Mauch (Chair; RCC), Ruth Oldenziel (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands), Doubravka Olšáková (Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic), and Ulrike Plath (Tallinn University, Estonia).
Turku Book Prize 2019
Hamilton, Sarah. Cultivating Nature: The Conservation of a Valencian Working Landscape. University of Washington Press, 2018.
- Coen, Deborah. Climate and Motion: Science, Empire and the Problem of Scale. University of Chicago Press, 2018.
- Collet, Dominik. Die doppelte Katastrophe: Klima und Kultur in europäischen Hungerkrise 1700–1772. Vandenhoeck & Rupprecht, 2019.
- Gaggio, Dario. The Shaping of Tuscany: Landscape and Society between Tradition and Modernity. Cambridge University Press, 2017.
- Warde, Paul. The Invention of Sustainability: Nature and Destiny, c. 1500–1870. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
The selection committee consisted of Jane Carruthers (Chair; University of South Africa), Stefan Dorondel ("Francisc I. Rainer" Anthropology Institute of the Romanian Academy), Marianna Dudley (University of Bristol), Eva Jakobsson (University of Stavanger), Christof Mauch (RCC).
Turku Book Prize 2017
Cavert, William M. The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City. Cambridge University Press, 2016.
- Campbell, Bruce. The Great Transition: Climate, Disease and Society in the Late-Medieval World. Cambridge University Press, 2016.
- Matteson, Kieko. Forests in Revolutionary France: Conservation, Community, and Conflict, 1669–1848. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
- Parrinello, Giacomo. Fault Lines: Earthquakes and Urbanism in Modern Italy. Berghahn Books, 2015.
- Thorsheim, Peter. Waste Into Weapons: Recycling in Britain During the Second World War. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
The selection committee consisted of Verena Winiwarter (Chair; Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt), Jane Carruthers (University of South Africa), Arielle Helmick (RCC), and Ellen Arnold (Ohio Wesleyan University).
To read a citation from the award speech by Verena Winiwarter, including contributions from Arielle Helmick and Jane Carruthers based upon the discussions of the Turku Prize committee, click here.
Turku Book Prize 2015
Cushman, Gregory. Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World: A Global Ecological History. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
- Coen, Deborah R. The Earthquake Observers: Disaster Science from Lisbon to Richter. University of Chicago Press, 2012.
- Lachmund, Jens. Greening Berlin: The Co-Production of Science, Politics, and Urban Nature. MIT Press, 2013.
- Mavhunga, Clapperton. Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe. MIT Press, 2014.
The selection committee consisted of Helmuth Trischler (Deutsches Museum / RCC), Patrick Kupper (University of Innsbruck), Finn-Arne Jørgensen (Umeå University), Robert Emmett (RCC), and Julia Lajus (National Research University Higher School of Economics / European University).
Turku Book Prize 2013
Kupper, Patrick. Wildnis schaffen: Eine transnationale Geschichte des Schweizerischen Nationalparks. Haupt Verlag, 2012.
- Armiero, Marco. A Rugged Nation: Mountains and the Making of Modern Italy. The White Horse Press, 2011.
- Jørgensen, Finn Arne. Making A Green Machine: The Infrastructure of Beverage Container Recycling. Rutgers UP, 2011.
Turku Book Prize 2011
Barca, Stefania. Enclosing Water: Nature and Political Economy in a Mediterranean Valley, 1796–1916. The White Horse Press, 2010. News Story on Barca's Win
- Carey, Mark. In the Shadow of Melting Glaciers: Climate Change and Andean Society. Oxford University Press, 2010.
- Larsen, Torben Huus. Enduring Pastoral: Recycling the Middle Landscape Ideal in the Tennessee Valley. Rodopi, 2010.
- Mathis, Charles-François. In Nature We Trust: Les paysages anglais a l'ere industrielle. Presses de l'universite Paris-Sorbonne, 2010.
- McNeill, John. Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620–1914. Cambridge University Press, 2010.