KNAW Heineken Lecture 2018

John McNeill: Elephant Tusk and Bison Hide: The Industrial Revolution and Global Environment History, 1780-

26 September 2018 from 15:30 to 17:00 hrs
Universiteit Utrecht, Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, 3512 BR Utrecht
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Lecture by John McNeill, laureate of the 2018 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for History.

Photo John McNeill by Jussi Puikkonen

All historians know the Industrial Revolution as an economic and social transformation, but it was also an environmental process with global reach. This lecture explores some of the ecological implications in East Africa, the American West, Argentina, New Zealand, and elsewhere of mobilizing unprecedented quantities of fibers, ores, lubricants and other raw materials of industrial production.


  • 3.00 p.m.: Registration
  • 3.30 p.m.: Lecture
  • 5.00 p.m.: Drinks

Josine Blok will be the chair of the programme.

This lecture will be in English.

John McNeill

John R. McNeill, Professor of History at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (USA), is receiving the 2018 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for History for his important work in integrating two recent branches of the study of history: global history and environmental history.

Read more on John McNeill, winner of the 2018 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for History.


This lecture is organised by KNAW and Utrecht University.