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“The Smoke of London” author reading and book signing

Author Will Cavert

Reading and Book Signing  

William Cavert

Monday, November 13, 2017

7:00 pm  O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Room 108

London in the early modern period was one of the world’s most polluted cities impacting everything from the health of its citizens to how the politics and culture developed during this time.

Dr. Will Cavert, assistant history professor at the University of St. Thomas, will speak about his recently published work: The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City which takes a closer look at how the people who lived and traveled to London adapted to London’s “smoky air.”  London in the early modern period was one of the world’s most polluted cities impacting everything from the health of its citizens to how the politics and culture developed during this time.

Awards Received:

  • The John Ben Snow Prize from the American Conference on British Studies
  • The Whitfield Prize from the Royal Historical Society
  • The Turku Prize from the European Society for Environmental History and the Rachel Carson Center of the University of Munich.

About the Author:

Dr. Cavert is a historian of Britain during the early modern period, c. 1500-1800, with research interests in urban and environmental history. He is the author of The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City, published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press, as well as studies in The Journal of British StudiesUrban History, and The Global Environment.

He came to the University of St. Thomas in 2014 from The University of Cambridge where he was a post-doctoral fellow at Clare College, having taken a Ph.D. at Northwestern University in 2011 and an M.A. at Loyola University Chicago. Before that he completed his undergraduate studies at Carleton College, and is a native Minnesotan. He teaches classes on The Modern World Since 1550 (HIST 112), British social and political history, early modern European history, the history of science, and the history of climate, environmentalism, and natural disasters.

Reading is free and open to all – books will be available for purchase – refreshments provided!

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