A Sourcebook of Early Modern European History contains 79 short essays, each comprised of a primary source (of a manageable length and translated into English) and an explanation of the source's context and meaning. Spanning the period from c. 1450 to c. 1750 and including primary sources from across early modern Europe, from Spain to Transylvania, Italy to Iceland, and the European colonies, this book provides an excellent sense of the diversity and complexity of human experience during this time whilst drawing attention to key themes and events of the period. It is ideal for students of early modern history, and of early modern Europe in particular. Published in honor of Susan C. Karant-Nunn, Director Emerita of the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies and Regents' Professor Emerita of History at the University of Arizona.
About Douglas Weiner
Doug Weiner loves bowling, cats, and high culture. According to the Russian newspaper ZAVTRA, Dr. Weiner was one of the people chiefly responsible for the downfall of the Soviet Union (Many people in Tucson don't realize how important I REALLY am!). My research has focused on examining and explaining environmental policies and the nature of environmental activism in the Soviet Union (see: Models of Nature: Ecology, Conservation, and Cultural Revolution in Soviet Russia, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988; and A Little Corner of Freedom: Russian Nature Protection from Stalin to Gorbachev, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999). Paradoxically, in light of the above, I have also written critiques of "environment" and "environmental history" as fuzzy concepts. See esp. "A Death-defying Attempt to Articulate a Coherent Definition of Environmental History," Environmental History, vol. 10, no. 3 (July 2005), 404-420. I am currently working on a book, "Curiosity for its Own Sake," about the conflict between progressive education and its tsarist and Stalinist opponents, both of whom sought to "teach to the test."
Areas of Study
Russian history, environmental history, world history, history of science
Models of Nature: Ecology, Conservation, and Cultural Revolution in Soviet Russia, (Bloomington: Indiana University Press), 1988
A Little Corner of Freedom: Russian Nature Protection from Stalin to Gorbachev, (Berkeley: University of California Press), 1999).
"A Death-defying Attempt to Articulate a Coherent Definition of Environmental History," Environmental History, vol. 10, no. 3 (July 2005), 404-420
“The Predatory Tribute-Taking State: A Framework for Understanding Russian Environmental History,” in Edmund Burke III and Kenneth Pomeranz, eds., The Environment and World History (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009), 276-315.
"Dzerzhinskii and the Gerd Case: The Politics of Intercession and the Evolution of ‘Iron Felix’ in NEP Russia," Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, vol. 7 (Fall 2006), 759-91.
"Struggle over the Soviet Future: Science Education versus Vocationalism during the 1920s," Russian Review, vol. 65, no. 1 (January 2006), 72-97.
Among my research interests are Russian and Soviet history, environmental history, and the history of science.