Mountains, Climate and Ecology in the Mediterranean | John McNeill

Mountains are a defining feature of the Mediterranean landscape from the Sierra Nevadas of Spain in the West to the Lebanon Mountains in the East and everywhere in between. In this installment of the Ottoman History Podcast, Dr. John McNeill discusses the role of mountains in the history of the Mediterranean world and Ottoman Empire and gives reflections on his 1992 work Mountains of the Mediterranean World in light of new insights and scholarship.

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John McNeill is a Professor of Environmental History at Georgetown University (see faculty profile)
Chris Gratien is a PhD student studying the history of the modern Middle East at Georgetown University (see
Emrah Safa Gürkan is a PhD candidate studying Ottoman history at Georgetown University

Episode No. 16
Release Date: 2 May 2011
Location: Georgetown University
Editing and production by Chris Gratien


Select Works of J.R. McNeill

McNeill, John Robert. The Mountains of the Mediterranean World: An Environmental History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

McNeill, John Robert. Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 2000.

McNeill, John Robert. Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Other Works

Braudel, Fernand. The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II. New York: Harper & Row, 1972.

Horden, Peregrine, and Nicholas Purcell. The Corrupting Sea: A Study of Mediterranean History. Oxford [U.K.]: Blackwell, 2000.

Grove, A. T., and Oliver Rackham. The Nature of Mediterranean Europe: An Ecological History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.

Wainwright, John, and John B. Thornes. Environmental Issues in the Mediterranean: Processes and Perspectives from the Past and Present. London: Routledge, 2004.

Tabak, Faruk. The Waning of the Mediterranean, 1550-1870: A Geohistorical Approach. Baltimore, Md: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.

White, Sam. The Climate of Rebellion in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.