History professor Claire Strom recently published an article in Agricultural History, the journal of record in the field.
The article, “Idiosyncratic Reflections on Ninety Years of Agricultural History, Written in Celebration of the Agricultural History Society’s One-Hundredth-Year Anniversary” is the first in a series of essays and special features that will appear in the journal to celebrate the society’s centennial. The article provides an analysis of the type of articles—political, economic, social, enviornmental, etc.—published throughout the journal’s history as well as who has written for the publication.
Strom’s research included examining one author from each of the various time periods, which included Hugh Carson Cutler, a paleoethnobotanist who was employed by the U.S. Army during World War II to fly over the Brazilian rainforest in a blimp spotting rubber trees from the air, and Carlo Cipolla, an economist at UC Berkeley who wrote the five basic laws of stupidity.
Strom edited the Agricultural History journal from 2003 to 2016.