Paul Warde joined UEA as a Reader in Early Modern History in 2007, after a research fellowship (1999-2001) and lectureship (2001-7) at the University of Cambridge.
He works on the environmental, economic and social history of early modern and modern Europe. His interests focus in particular upon the use of wood as a fundamental resource in pre-industrial society; the long-term history of energy use and its relationship with economic development, and environmental and social change; the history of prediction and modeling in thinking about the environment; and the development of institutions for regulating resources and welfare support. In 2008 he was a winner of the Phillip Leverhulme Prize.
Paul runs two projects at the Centre for History and Economics, Magdalene College, Cambridge:
History and Sustainability and Ecology, economy and society 1500-2000
Paul is willing to supervise MA and PhD theses on broad aspects of early modern and mdoern environmental, economic and social history, especially of Germany and Britain.
· 1999 - 2001 Junior Research Fellow, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge
· 2001 - 2007 Lecturer in History, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge
· 2007 - present Reader Early Modern History, University of East Anglia
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The Future of Nature. Documents of Global Change
Yale University PressUEA Repository
Imposition, emulation and adaptation: regulatory regimes in the commons of early modern Germany
in Environment and History
pp. 313-337UEA Repository
The occupational structure of Germany, c.1850-1913
In: Occupational structure and industrialization in a comparative perspective.
Cambridge University PressUEA Repository
Power to the People : Energy in Europe over the Last Five Centuries
Princeton University Press
ISBN 978-0691143620UEA Repository
Energy and natural resource dependence in Europe, 1500-1900
In: History, Historians and Development Policy. A Necessary Dialogue..
Manchester University PressUEA Repository
The Invention of Sustainability
in Modern Intellectual History
pp. 153-170UEA Repository
The idea of improvement, c.1520-1700
In: Custom, Improvement and the Landscape in Early Modern Britain.
Energy availability from livestock and agricultural productivity in Europe c.1815-1913: a new comparison
in The Economic History Review
pp. 1-29UEA Repository
Energy availability from livestock and agricultural productivity in Europe, 1815-1913 : A new comparison
in The Economic History Review
pp. 1-29Full Text UEA Repository
The Environmental History of Pre-industrial Agriculture in Europe
In: Nature's End. History and the Environment.
Nature's End: History and the Environment
ISBN 9780230203464UEA Repository
Waldnutzung, Landschaftsentwicklung und staatliche Reglementierung in der frühen Neuzeit
In: Landnutzung und Landschaftsentwicklung im deutschen Südwesten. Zur Umweltgeschichte im späten Mittelalter und in der frühen Neuzeit.
The Origins and Development of Institutional Welfare Support in Early Modern Wurttemberg, c1500-1700
in Continuity and Change
pp. 1-29UEA Repository
The Problem of the Problem of Environmental History: A Re-reading of the Field and its Purpose
in Environmental History
pp. 107-130UEA Repository
Energy Consumption in England and Wales, 1560-2004
The Fear of Wood Shortage and the Reality of Woodland in Europe c1450-1850
in History Workshop Journal
pp. 29-57Full Text UEA Repository
Subsistence and Sales. The Peasant Economy of Wurttemberg in the Early Seventeenth Century
in Economic History Review
pp. 289-319Full Text UEA Repository
Ecology, Economy and State Formation in Early Modern Germany
Cambridge University Press
ISBN 9780521831925UEA Repository
Forests, Energy and Politics in the Early Modern German States
In: Economia e Energia, secc.XIII-XVIII.
ISBN 88-00-72235-0UEA Repository
La Gestion de Terre Commune dans le Nord-ouest de l'Europe
In: La Propriété Collective 1750-1914.
Presses Universitaires de Rennes
ISBN 2-86847-872-7UEA Repository
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Key Research Interests
I work on the environmental, economic and social history of early modern and modern Europe.
Current major research projects include writing a history of energy use and its relationship with economic growth in Europe between 1500 and the present, along with Astrid Kander (Lund) and Paolo Malanima (Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Naples). The bulk of my contribution is on the Industrial Revolution and energy and technological change in Europe, c.1800-1914. This will appear as a book soon to be published by Princeton University Press.
I am also working on a book-length study of ideas of sustainability in the early modern period, with special reference to resource management, theories of the soil, and the development of botany and chemistry between 1500 and 1840.
In collaboration with Sverker Sörlin (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) and Libby Robin (Australian National University) I have been running the project ‘Expertise for the Future’, on the history of predicting changing environments, and especially the development of environmental ‘experts’ and modeling techniques for predicting change. The project has included workshops / conferences at UEA, Harvard University, ANU Canberra, and KTH Stockholm.
I am engaged in writing up a British Academy funded research project on the history of the potash trade to Britain c.1550-1750, the key provider of alkalis to British industry and a very major consumer of wood in Eastern Europe.
Other recent and forthcoming studies include an article, with Astrid Kander, on the use of draught power in European agriculture, c.1800-1914; a reappraisal of census evidence for German occupational structure, c.1800-1925, especially the period 1882-1907; and a study of the meaning of the term ‘improvement’ in England c.1520-1700.
I also write on the development of environmental history, and with Sverker Sörlin (KTH, Stockholm) published the collection Nature’s End: History and the Environment.
Current research grants
Phillip Leverhulme Prize
AHRC 12-month Network Research Grant on 'Local Places, Global Processes: Histories of Environmental Change', along with Peter Coates (Bristol) and David Moon (Durham). The award has been made as part of a special Research Network initiative on 'Arts and Humanities Approaches to Researching Environmental Change', which aims to establish 'distinctive, innovative and engaging arts and humanities research perspectives on environmental change through networks of the highest quality and international significance'.
Leverhulme Trust two-year research project grant for ‘History and the Future: The Predictive Power of Sustainable Development Indicators’, held with Nick Hanley (Stirling) and David Greasley (Edinburgh).
Grant for projects History and Sustainability and Ecology, economy and society 1500-2000 from the Centre for History and Economics, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. This includes the project ‘Expertise for the Future’.
In 2010-11 Level One undergraduate teaching includes lecturing on the courses on the Introduction to Early Modern Europe, and History and the Environment. At Level Two I teach the course ‘Empires of Nature: Environment and Society in Britain and Germany, 1500-1945’.
In 2010-11 I will teach the MA course 'The classics and the controversies’ as part of the MA in Early Modern History.
I am willing to supervise MA and PhD theses on broad aspects of early modern and modern environmental, economic and social history, especially of Germany and Britain
External Activities and Indicators of Esteem
- Paul was a winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize, 2008
- Paul is an Associate Research fellow at the Centre for History and Economics, Magdalene College, Cambridge.
- Paul has been an Associate Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, 2009-10.
- Paul ran the Economic History Society’s residential course for postgraduate students in 2009-10.
- Paul sits on the Advisory Board for the Centre for Environmental History at the Australian National University
- Paul sits on the International Advisory Board for Klaudyán, the Czech internet Journal for Historical Geography and Environmental History
- Member of the British Agricultural History Society, Economic History Society and the European Society for Environmental History
- In 2009-10 Paul gave lectures and papers at the Institute for Historical Research, (London); Harvard University; the Australian National University (Canberra); the Stockholm Resilience Centre; and the Lund University (Sweden).
- In 2010-11 Paul will give lectures and papers at the Stockholm Resilience Centre; the University of Exeter (UK); the American Society for Environmental History (Phoenix); the European Society for Environmental History (Türku, Finland); the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris); the British Agricultural History Society Winter Conference (London); and at Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire, as part of the research project ‘Local places, Global Processes’.
- Director of Postgraduate Research, School of History