Department of History

Varner Hall, Room 415
371 Varner Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-3510
fax: (248) 370-3528

Richard Tucker

Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., Harvard University

Major Fields:
Asian History, Environmental History



Natural Enemy, Natural Ally: Toward an Environmental History of Warfare, co-edited with Edmund Russell (Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2004).

Insatiable Appetite: The United States and the Ecological Degradation of the Tropical World (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000; reprinted 2007).

Changing Tropical Forests: Historical Perspectives on Today's Challenges in Central and South America, co-edited with Harold K. Steen (Durham, N.C., 1992).

Changing Pacific Forests: Historical Perspectives on the Forest Economy of the Pacific Basin, co-edited with John Dargavel (Durham, N.C., 1992).

World Deforestation in the Twentieth Century, co-edited with J.F.Richards (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1987).

Global Deforestation and the Nineteeth-Century World Economy, co-edited with J.F. Richards (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1983).

Renade and the Roots of Indian Nationalism (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1972). Reprinted 1976; Indian edition published in 1977.

Selected Articles and Chapters

"The Impact of Warfare on the Natural World: A Historical Survey" in R. Tucker and E. Russell, eds., Natural Enemy, Natural Ally: Toward an Environmental History of Warfare (Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2004).

"Environmentally Damaging Consumption: The Impact of American Markets on Tropical Ecosystems in the Twentieth Century" in Thomas Princen, Michael Maniates, and Ken Conca, eds., Confronting Consumption (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2002), 177-95.

"Non-Timber Forest Product Extraction in the Western Himalayas under British Rule" in R. Grove and V. Damodaran, eds., Nature and the Orient: Essays on the Environmental History of South and Southeast Asia (Oxford University Press, 1997).

"Foreign Investors, Timber Extraction, and Forest Depletion in Central America Before 1941" in R. Tucker and H. Steen, eds., Changing Tropical Forests: Historical Perspectives on Today's Challenges in Central and South America (Durham, N.C., 1992), 265-76.

"Managing Subsistence Use of Forest: The Philippine Bureau of Forestry, 1904-1960" in R. Tucker and J. Dargavel, eds., Changing Pacific Forests: Historical Perspectives on the Forest Economy of the Pacific Basin (Durham, N.C., 1992), 105-15.

"Resident Peoples and Wildlife Reserves in India: The Prehistory of a Strategy" in Patrick West and Stephen Brechin, eds., Resident Populations and National Parks: Social Dilemmas and Strategies in International Conservation (University of Arizona Press, 1991), 40-50.

"Depletion and Conservation of Japan's Forests," Conservation Biology 4:1 (March 1990).

"Five Hundred Years of Tropical Rain Forest Exploitation" in Suzanne Head and Robert Heinzman, eds., Lessons of the Rain Forest (San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1990), 39-52.

"The Depletion of India's Forests Under British Imperialism: Planters, Foresters, and Peasants in Assam and Kerala" in Donald Worster, ed., The Ends of the Earth: Perspectives on Modern Environmental History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), 118-40.

"Deforestation in Central America: Spanish Legacy and North American Consumers," Environmental Review 11 (1987): 55-72.

"The British Empire and India's Forest Resources: The Timberlands of Assam and Kumaon, 1914-1950" in R. Tucker and J.F. Richards, eds., World Deforestation in the Twentieth Century (Duke University Press, 1987), 91-111.

"Dimensions of Deforestation in Himalaya: The Historical Setting," Mountain Research and Development 7 (1987): 328-331.

"Mountain Minorities and Ecological Change in the Himalayas," Cultural Survival Quarterly 10 (1986): 40-52.

"The Evolution of Transhumant Grazing in the Punjab Himalaya," Mountain Research and Development 6:1 (1986): 17-28.

"The Historical Roots of Social Forestry in the Kumaon Himalayas," Journal of Developing Areas 18 (1984): 341-56.

"The British Colonial System and the Forests of the Western Himalayas, 1815-1914" in R. Tucker and J.F. Richards, eds., Global Deforestation and the Nineteenth-Century World Economy (Duke University Press, 1983), 146-66.

"The Forests of the Western Himalayas: The Legacy of British Colonial Administration," Journal of Forest History 26 (1982): 112-23.

"Forest Management and Imperial Politics: Thana District, Bombay, 1823-1887," Indian Economic and Social History Review 15 (1979): 273-300.

"Hindu Traditionalism and Nationalist Ideologies in Nineteenth-Century Maharashtra," Modern Asian Studies 10 (1976): 321-48.

"The Proper Limits of Agitation: The Crisis of 1879-1880 in Bombay," Journal of Asian Studies 28 (1969): 339-55.