The fourth ESEH/RCC Turku Book Award was conferred at the 9th biennial ESEH Conference, 28 June – 2 July 2017 to William M. Cavert, for his book The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City, Cambridge University Press, 2016.
The selection committee consisted of Verena Winiwarter (Chair; Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt), Jane Carruthers (University of South Africa), Arielle Helmick (RCC), Jan-Heinrich Meyer (University of Copenhagen), and Ellen Arnold (Ohio Wesleyan University)
2017 Finalists were:
- Bruce Campbell, The Great Transition: Climate, Disease and Society in the Late-Medieval World, Cambridge University Press, 2016.
- Kieko Matteson, Forests in Revolutionary France: Conservation, Community, and Conflict, 1669–1848, Cambridge University Press, 2015.
- Giacomo Parrinello, Fault Lines: Earthquakes and Urbanism in Modern Italy, Berghahn Books, 2015.
- Peter Thorsheim, Waste into Weapons: Recycling in Britain during the Second World War, Cambridge University Press, 2015.
To read the full laudation from the award speech by Verena Winiwarter, including contributions from Arielle Helmick and Jane Carruthers based upon the discussions of the Turku Prize committee, click here.