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About Edwin A. Martini

My research focuses on the intersection of political, cultural, environmental, and diplomatic history, with an emphasis on the history and legacies of the American War in Vietnam. In both Invisible Enemies: The American War on Vietnam, 1975-2000 (2007) and Agent Orange: History, Science, and the Politics of Uncertainty (2012), I sought to contribute to a fundamental rethinking of the ways in which the war is written about, remembered, and represented in American culture.
Building on my work on Agent Orange, my current research increasingly incorporates perspectives from environmental history as well. I am currently working on two book projects. The first is an edited collection that examines the ways in which the natural environment has shaped and been shaped by U.S. military bases around the world across the twentieth century. The second is a global history of napalm, Moving beyond the Vietnam War, this book will examine the use of napalm by the United States in World War Two, Korea, and elsewhere, and its proliferation in other countries’ arsenals as well. It will also explore the many cultural representations of napalm in the post-Vietnam war world.


Present Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Western Michigan University
Present Associate Professor, Department of History, Western Michigan University

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