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Dust Bowls of Empire: Imperialism, Environmental Politics, and the Injustice of "Green" Capitalism

Hannah Holleman


The 1930s witnessed a harrowing social and ecological disaster, defined by the severe nexus of drought, erosion, and economic depression that ravaged the U.S. southern plains. Known as the Dust Bowl, this crisis has become a major referent of the climate change era, and has long served as a warning of the dire consequences of unchecked environmental despoliation. Through innovative research and a fresh theoretical lens, this book reexamines the global socioecological and economic forces of settler colonialism and imperialism precipitating this disaster, explaining critical antecedents to the a ... More

Keywords: drought, erosion, economic depression, Dust Bowl, crisis, climate change, environmental despoliation, imperialism, settler colonialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300230208
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300230208.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hannah Holleman, author
Amherst College