Peter Thorsheim

Peter Thorsheim is an assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

On the Web at: https://clas-pages.uncc.edu/peter-thorsheim/

Listed in: Environmental Policy · Public Health · Victorian Studies · British History · Environmental History

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Inventing Pollution · Coal, Smoke, and Culture in Britain since 1800
By Peter Thorsheim · Preface by Peter Thorsheim

Going as far back as the thirteenth century, Britons mined and burned coal, and Britain’s supremacy in the nineteenth century depended in large part on its vast deposits of coal, which powered industry, warmed homes, and cooked food. As coal consumption skyrocketed, the air in Britain's cities and towns filled with ever-greater and denser clouds of smoke. Yet, for much of the nineteenth century, few people in Britain even considered coal smoke to be pollution.

“Anybody interested in the story of how an industrial society learned to manage its interactions with the physical environment would benefit from reading Inventing Pollution.”

Business History Review




Inventing Pollution · Coal, Smoke, and Culture in Britain since 1800
By Peter Thorsheim · Preface by Peter Thorsheim

Going as far back as the thirteenth century, Britons mined and burned coal, and Britain’s supremacy in the nineteenth century depended in large part on its vast deposits of coal, which powered industry, warmed homes, and cooked food. As coal consumption skyrocketed, the air in Britain's cities and towns filled with ever-greater and denser clouds of smoke. Yet, for much of the nineteenth century, few people in Britain even considered coal smoke to be pollution.

“Anybody interested in the story of how an industrial society learned to manage its interactions with the physical environment would benefit from reading Inventing Pollution.”

Business History Review




Inventing Pollution · Coal, Smoke, and Culture in Britain since 1800
By Peter Thorsheim

Britain's supremacy in the nineteenth century depended in large part on its vast deposits of coal. This coal not only powered steam engines in factories, ships, and railway locomotives but also warmed homes and cooked food. As coal consumption skyrocketed, the air in Britain's cities and towns became filled with ever-greater and denser clouds of smoke.

“I have no doubt that Inventing Pollution will remain the best text in its field for many years.”

Mark Cioc, author of The Rhine: An Eco-Biography, 1815–2000