Edited Volumes

Kathleen E. Halvorsen

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Socioeconomic Dimensions of US Bioenergy

Kathleen E. Halvorsen, Theresa L. Selfa, Dennis R. Becker, and Clare Hinrichs, editors


Special issue of the journal Biomass and Bioenergy 35, no. 4 (2011): 1379-1612.

Don Lafreniere

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The Routledge Companion to Spatial History

Don Lafreniere, Ian Gregory, and Don DeBats, editors

London: Routledge, 2018.

The Routledge Companion to Spatial History explores the full range of ways in which GIS can be used to study the past, considering key questions such as what types of new knowledge can be developed solely as a consequence of using GIS and how effective GIS can be for different types of research.

Mark Rhodes

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Post-Industrial Geographies: Memory, Place, and Heritage

Mark Alan Rhodes II, William R. Price, and Amy Walker, editors

London: Routledge, 2020.

All industrialization is deeply rooted within the specific geographies in which it took place, and echoes of previous industrialization continue to reverberate in these places through to the modern day. This book investigates the overlap of memory and the impacts of industrialization within today’s communities and the senses of place and heritage which grew alongside and in reaction to the growth of mines, mills, and factories.


Barry D. Solomon

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Encyclopedia of Geography

Barry D. Solomon, associate editor

London: Sage Publications, 2010.

With more than 1,200 entries, the Encyclopedia of Geography reflects how the growth of geography has propelled a demand for intermediaries between the abstract language of academia and the ordinary language of everyday life. The six volumes of this encyclopedia encapsulate a diverse array of topics to offer a comprehensive and useful summary of the state of the discipline in the early 21st century.

Steven A. Walton

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Home Front in the American Heartland: Local Experiences and Legacies of WWI

Patty Sotirin, Steven A. Walton, and Sue Collins, editors

Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020.

A multifaceted exploration of the First World War and its aftermath in the northern American Heartland, organized in three sections: “Heartland Histories” on experiences of conscription and home front mobilization, “Homefront Propaganda” on cultural networks disseminating national war messages, and “Gender in/and War” on aspects often over-shadowed by male experiences of the war itself. Together, this volume provides rich portraits of the complexities of heartland home front experiences and legacies.

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Fifty Years of Medieval Technology & Social Change

Steven A. Walton, editor

AVISTA Series in the Medieval Technology, Science, and Art. London: Routledge, 2019.

Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the publication of Lynn White Jr.’s, Medieval Technology and Social Change (1962), a slim study which catalyzed the study of technology in the Middle Ages in the English-speaking world, this volume investigates the book itself and its fate, and looks at new research furthering and inspired by White’s work. Three papers deal explicitly with the impact, reception, and longevity of MTSC, while five papers investigate areas where White’s work and approach has had a particular impact, namely, medieval technology studies and medieval rural/ ecological studies.

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Mathematical Practitioners and the Transformation of Natural Knowledge in Early Modern Europe

Lesley B. Cormack, Steven A. Walton, and John A. Schuster, editors

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 45.Cham: Springer, 2017.

A collection that explores the interaction between practitioners (those who know by doing) and scholars (those who know by thinking) in the period of the Scientific Revolution. Theory and practice are end points on a continuum, with some participants interested only in the practical, others only in the theoretical, and most in the murky intellectual and material world in between, particularly in the area of mathematics. The growing field of "practical mathematics" in early modern Europe helps develop the debate about the role of mathematical practice in the Scientific Revolution.

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IA, The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology

Steven A. Walton, journal editor, 2017—

Houghton: Society for Industrial Archeology

   Fredric L. QuivikPatrick E. Martin, former editors

IA is the principal forum for the publication of current research in industrial archeology. Each issue of this peer reviewed journal contains scholarly articles, essays and book reviews. IA and its companion, the SIA Newsletter, are mailed to all current SIA members. New members are sent the latest IA immediately after joining.

— Walton was also previously a special guest editor for a special issue on the West Point Foundry, IA: The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology 35, nos. 1/2 (2009 [2012]), 140pp.


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Vulcan: The Journal of the History of Military Technology

Steven A. Walton, journal editor, 2016—

Leiden: Brill Publishers

Vulcan is an international peer-reviewed journal which explores the history of military invention, innovation, and use. While technologies are both agents and objects in military activity, their histories are also intertwined with social and cultural factors. Vulcan goes beyond simple use narratives and asks how social, cultural, political, technical, and environmental factors affect and are affected by military technological change.

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Wind & Water in the Middle Ages: Fluid Technologies from Antiquity to the Renaissance

Steven A. Walton, editor

Tempe, AZ: ACMRS Press, 2006

This volume offers numerous reflections on the role of windmills, watermills, water control, and irrigation systems and their users in the Middle Ages. These collected essays examine the continuity of mill technology from the ancient world to the Middle Ages and its transfer between Arabic and European cultures; the legal position of mills and millers; literary and artistic representations of these technologies; their urban, rural, and monastic contexts; and early modern adaptations of the medieval technologies of wind and water.

   Review by Bradford B. Blaine

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Instrumental in War: Science, Research, and Instruments Between Knowledge and the World

Steven A. Walton, editor

History of Warfare 28. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2005.

This collection investigates 500 years of the relationship between warfare, research, and instruments—both physical and intellectual—to understand this interaction.

   Review by Brett D. Steele