Opening Our Backlist
Adopt a Book
The White Horse Press is committed to reducing and removing barriers to access for the material we publish. After all, the best, latest thought on environment and society is relevant to, literally, everyone. We are pushing hard to become a fully open access publisher, and that includes flipping all our back publications under CC BY licenses. Our priorities are to flip books by ECRs, independent researchers and scholars from the Global South, in order to encourage wider dissemination of their works and to diversify citations.
To make our Open Access future a reality, we need your help.
As a very small press, we only publish around five books a year so our backlist is short. We have already been able to flip a few of our backlist books through support from institutional partners, via Knowledge Unlatched, or from authors or anonymous donors. Our current and forthcoming titles are often OA from the start, and are now likelier to be so thanks to the Open Book Collective. But we still have 39 backlist books and four current books to flip.
Whenever we convert a paywalled book to Open Access, it means permanently forgoing certain future income streams that were part of our budgeting for the book’s original production (e.g. eBook sales, usage on JSTOR, licensing payments etc). As we transition to Open Access, our health as a small business thus depends on attracting a little income to offset that loss of projected revenue. We welcome support at any level from institutions who share our ambition to make scholarship open, and who might be able to help us offset the financial cost and risk of opening our backlist.
Here you can see our whole backlist plus our ‘current’ titles (published in the last year). The books that still need to be flipped are listed first, and our OA books down below. We can flip any backlist book for GBP £2,000 or any current title for £4,000 (to offset greater impact on projected hardback sales). We will happily accept smaller contributions, too.
Anyone contributing funds at any level can choose what title to support.
Any contributor providing £500 or more can choose their title, and:
• will have their name and logo printed on the eBook’s verso, to credit their contribution;
• will be credited on our OA Supporters webpage;
• can have a gratis print copy of the book they’re supporting, either for their own library or for any other recipient of their choice.
Any contributor providing sufficient funds to flip two or more books in one go can, in addition to all the above, have a free standard online-only subscription (one-year including full backset access) to any one of our subscription journals, excluding ‘Environmental Values’ which is moving to SAGE from 2024.
If you would like enable open scholarship by adopting a book from the White Horse Press backlist, or if you have any questions, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to help ensure Open Access for our forthcoming books, then the best way to do so is via the Open Book Collective.
open access books
books still to flip
Backlist Books – Still Paywalled
|Themes in Environmental History (Series)||Animals||[A reader targeted at students]||–|
|Camphora, Ana Lucia||Animals and Society in Brazil, from the Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuries||Brazil, animals, history||–|
Università della Calabria
|The Beloved Face of the Country: The First Movement for Nature Protection in Italy, 1880–1934||Italy, conservation, history||–|
|Themes in Environmental History (Series)||Bioinvaders||[A reader targeted at students]||–|
|Elliott, Paul A.
University of Derby
|British Urban Trees: A Social and Cultural History, c. 1800–1914||trees, Britain, cities, history||–|
|Mulwafu, Wapulumuka Oliver
Chancellor College, University of Malawi
|Conservation Song: A History of Peasant-State Relations and the Environment in Malawi, 1860-2000||Malawi, peasants, conservation, history||–|
|Lambert, Robert A.
University of Nottingham
|Contested Mountains: Nature, Development and Environment in the Cairngorms Region of Scotland, 1880–1980||mountains, development, Scotland, conservation||–|
|Rotherham, Ian D.
University of Sheffield
|Eco-History. An Introduction to Biodiversity and Conservation||conservation history, biodiversity, British Isles||–|
University of Queensland
|Eco-Logical Lives. The Philosophical Lives of Richard Routley/Sylvan and Val Routley/Plumwood||biography, ecological philosophy, Australia||–|
University of Coimbra
|Enclosing Water: Nature and Political Economy in a Mediterranean Valley, 1796-1916||Italy, water, political economy||–|
Calder and Colne Rivers Trust
|Environments of Identity: Agricultural Community, Work and Concepts of Local in Yorkshire, 1918–2018||Yorkshire, agriculture, community, history|
|Themes in Environmental History (Series)||Farming||[A reader targeted at students]||–|
|Gillis, John and Franziska Torma
|Fluid Frontiers: New Currents in Marine Environmental History||blue humanities, oceans, change||–|
University of Hawaii
|The Forbidden Subject: How Oppositional Aesthetics Banished Natural Beauty from the Arts||eco-criticism, aesthetics, Nature appreciation||–|
University of Oxford
|From Camel to Truck: The Bedouin in the Modern World||Bedouin, transport, nomadism||–|
| Mathis, Charles-François and Émilie-Anne Pépy
University of Bordeaux-Montaigne; Université Savoie Mont Blanc
|Greening the City: Nature in French Towns from the 17th Century||France, greenery, cities, history||–|
Norwegian University of Life Sciences
|Herder Warfare in East Africa: A Social and Spatial History||pastoralism, east Africa, warfare||–|
|Themes in Environmental History (Series)||Indigenous Knowledge||[A reader targeted at students]||–|
|Themes in Environmental History (Series)||Landscapes||[A reader targeted at students]||–|
|Sternberg, Troy and Dawn Chatty
University of Oxford and University of Lisbon; University of Oxford
|Modern Pastoralism and Conservation: Old Problems, New Challenges||pastoralism, environmental change, development, traditional practices||–|
|Sikora, R.I. and Brian Barry (eds.)||Obligations to Future Generations||future generations, population, environmental ethics||–|
|Bennett, Judith A.
|Pacific Forest: A History of Resource Control and Contest in Solomon Islands, c. 1800–1997||Pacific, forestry, resources, empire||–|
|Ahearn, Ariell and Troy Sternberg
University of Oxford; University of Oxford and University of Lisbon
|Pastoralist Livelihoods in Asian Drylands: Environment, Governance and Risk||pastoralism, drylands, Asia, governance||–|
|Moon, David, Nicholas B. Breyfogle and Alexandra Bekasova
University of York; Ohio State University; National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow
|Place and Nature: Essays in Russian Environmental History||Russia, environment, history||–|
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
|A Rugged Nation: Mountains and the Making of Modern Italy||Italy, mountains, history||–|
|Dargavel, John and Elisabeth Johann
|Science and Hope, A Forest History||forestry, forest science, sylvan future||–|
|İnal, Onur and Yavuz Köse
University of Vienna (both)
|Seeds of Power: Explorations in Ottoman Environmental History||Ottoman Empire, environment, history||–|
|A Short Environmental History of Italy: Variety and Vulnerability||Italy, environment, history||–|
|McNeill, J.R. and Verena Winiwarter (eds)
Georgetown University; BOKU
|Soils and Societies: Perspectives from Environmental History||society and soils, soil fertility, erosion||–|
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
|The State in the Forest. Contested Commons in the Nineteenth Century Venetian Alps||Italy, Alps, forests, history, Venice||–|
|The Steppe to Europe: An Environmental History of Hungary in the Traditional Age||Hungary, environmental history, early modern period||–|
|Sieferle, Rolf Peter||The Subterranean Forest||Industrial revolution, fossil fuel, energy transition||–|
Università degli Studi, Torino
|The Swamp of East Naples: Environmental History of an Unruly Suburb||Italy, Naples, environmental degradation, history||–|
|Myllyntaus, Timo (ed.)
University of Turku
|Thinking Through the Environment: Green Approaches to Global History||mind and environment, cultural lens, indigenous peoples||–|
University of Bern
|The Third Dimension: A Comparative History of Mountains in the Modern Era||mountains, history||–|
|Sylvan, Richard||Transcendental Metaphysics: From Radical to Deep Plurallism||metaphysics, philosophy, plurallism||–|
|Themes in Environmental History (Series)||Trees||[A reader targeted at students]||–|
|Skelton, Leona J.
|Tyne after Tyne: An Environmental History of a River’s Battle for Protection 1529–2015||rivers, Tyne, conservation, history, England||–|
|Beinart, William, Karen Middleton and Simon Pooley
University of Oxford; Birkbeck
|Wild Things: Nature and the Social Imagination||cultural history, more-than-human, visual culture, environmental imagination||–|
Current Books – Still Paywalled
|Anthropocene Days||Anthropocene, memoir, forest history||–|
|Claiton Marcio da Silva|
Universidade Federal da Fronteira Sul, Brazil
|The Making of Modern Agriculture: Nelson Rockefeller’s American International Association (AIA) in Latin America (1946–1968)||agriculture, history, Rockefeller, AIA, Latin America||–|
|Ann Holt||Taking a Walk: A History of Recreational Walking in Britain||walking, rambling, Britain, history, outdoors||–|