John T. Wing, Ph.D. (2009), University of Minnesota, is Assistant Professor of History at the College of Staten Island, The City University of New York. He has published articles on Spanish forest history in Environmental History and the Journal of Early Modern History.
Anyone interested in the history of Spain and its empire, environmental history, forest history, state formation, and comparative early modern studies.
"... This book provides a rich, well-presented raw narrative for anyone interested in learning about processes of central state formation in early modern
Europe, the military in mercantile empires, environmental history in the early modern world economy, and of course for specialists in Spanish history." - Eva-Maria Swidler, Goddard College and The Curtis Institute of Music in Environmental History, vol 21, no 4, October 2016
"... The author states several times his affinity for the area, which comes across in this engagingly written, entertaining, and informative work. Maritime historians and anyone with an interest in human interactions along the world’s waterways will find it useful reading." - Robert S. Shelton, Cleveland State University in The International Journal of Maritime History 2016, Vol. 28(3)
"... Forests were not only strategic resources for state navies, but also commons for local groups. John Wing’s Roots of Empire explores the process through which the Spanish monarchy gained increasing legal and effective control over littoral forests first and inland forest later. [...] Wing studies the history of forest management in relationship to the geopolitics of imperial naval expansion (or lack thereof ) during three distinct historical periods." - Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, University of Texas at Austin in Renaissance Quarterly volume LXIX no. 4
Table of contents
Introducing Spanish State Forestry
1: A New State Forestry for the First Global Age
2: Forests of the Ultramar
3: The Struggle to Stay Afloat in the Seventeenth Century
4: Bottoming Out and Revival under the First Bourbon, 1700-1746
5: The Triumph of State Forestry: 1748-1754