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From the creation of Châlons Camp to military environmentalist policies in the twenty-first century, the French and other militaries have mobilized nature within France to prepare for and wage war. Although war and militarization are profoundly human activities, they can only take place through the active and at times difficult mobilization of nature. Dead animals, flattened forests, ruined fields, polluted sites, and lost homelands need to be added to war and militarization's impact on France. At Suippes Camp, the civilian presence within the militarized environment is hidden but largely consensual. Beyond military-civilian cooperation over hunting and the management of the Natura 2000 site, Suippes Camp is a site of memorialization. In the 1970s and 1980s Abbé Kuhn, priest of Sommepy-Tahure, produced a number of publications on the ruined villages, outlining their 'calm and peaceful' pre-1914 history and subsequent destruction during the war.

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Mobilizing nature

The environmental history of war and militarization in Modern France


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