This week the episode hosts Prof. Peter Shulman (Case Western Reserve – @pashulman), and Matt & Varsha talk with him about his book COAL AND EMPIRE. We learn the long history of coal and how American empire spurred resource extraction, and not the other way around. Plus we hear about his new projects, how he keeps getting pulled further into the past, and why cocktails need appropriate garnishes. All drinkers welcome! Cheers!
Sources for topics mentioned:
Alfred Thayer Mahan: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Alfred-Thayer-Mahan
Matthew Calbraith Perry. Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan: performed in the years 1852, 1853, and 1854, under the command of Commodore M.C. Perry (Washington, D.C.: United States Navy, by order of the Government of the United State, 1856).
Two editions of the so-called Official Narrative were produced, one for the House of Representatives and one for the Senate of the United States. The House edition is bound in one volume with sepia tone illustrations. The Senate Edition is three volumes with color illustrations. Brown University holds a copy of each. The following excerpts from the Official Narrative are from the House edition.
Crude Reality: Petroleum in World History by Brian C. Black
Insatiable Appetite: The United States and the Ecological Degradation of the Tropical World by Richard Tucker
Timber Police – records available in The National Archives and the General Land Office
US Serial Set – The U.S. Congressional Serial Set, commonly referred to as the Serial Set, contains the House and Senate Documents and the House and Senate Reports bound by session of Congress
Literature and Film Recommendations (or not):
King Coal by Upton Sinclair – awful book on coal
Oil! by Upton Sinclair – adapted as the film There Will Be Blood
Youth: A Narrative by Joseph Conrad – full book available at https://www.gutenberg.org/files/525/525-h/525-h.htm