Oldenziel, Ruth, and Helmuth Trischler, eds., Cycling and Recycling. Histories of Sustainable Practices.

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Oldenziel, Ruth, and Helmuth Trischler, eds. Cycling and Recycling. Histories of Sustainable Practices. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2015.

Technology has long been an essential consideration in public discussions of the environment, with the focus overwhelmingly on creating new tools and techniques. In more recent years, however, activists, researchers, and policymakers have increasingly turned to mobilizing older technologies in their pursuit of sustainability. In fascinating case studies ranging from the Early Modern secondhand trade to utopian visions of human-powered vehicles, the contributions gathered here explore the historical fortunes of two such technologies—bicycling and waste recycling—tracing their development over time and providing valuable context for the policy successes and failures of today. (Text from Berghahn Books)

The Rachel Carson Center, the ESEH, and Berghahn Books (New York and Oxford) partner on the publication of the peer-reviewed book series The Environment in History: International Perspectives. The series strives to bridge both national and disciplinary divides, with a particular emphasis on European, transnational, and comparative research.

Further readings: 
  • Alexer, Catherine, and Joshua Reno, eds. Economies of Recycling: The Global Transformation of Materials, Values and Social Relations. London: Zed Books, 2012.
  • Heinen, Eva, Bert van Weeb, and Kees Maat. "Commuting by Bicycle: An Overview of the Literature." Transport Reviews 30, no. 1 (2010): 59-96.