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University of York
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Capitalism, France, Labour, Land Use, Agriculture, Migration, Environment
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About Me

Venus Bivar is a lecturer at the University of York, where she pursues research and teaching in three broad fields: European, economic, and environmental history. More specifically, her interests include the history of capitalism, agriculture and international trade, labour and migration, and the human history of climate change.

Her first book, Organic Resistance: The Struggle Over Industrial Farming in Postwar France (UNC Press 2018), was awarded the J. Russell Major Prize from the American Historical Association, as well as an honorable mention for the Society for French Historical Studies’ Pinkney Prize, and was shortlisted for the Canadian Historical Association’s Wallace K. Ferguson Prize. She is currently working on two new projects. The first, Falling for Growth, examines the influence of economic thought on anthropogenic climate change, while the second, Unsafe Harbour, draws on the tools of political ecology to analyse the history of migration and port development in Marseille.

Recent Publications

Organic Resistance: The Struggle Over Industrial Farming in Postwar France. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018.

Guest co-editor of special issue of Modern and Contemporary France titled “French Industrial Food and its Critics” (in press).

“Agricultural High Modernism and Land Reform in Postwar France,” Agricultural History 93, no. 4 (Fall 2019): 636-655.

“Manufacturing a Multifunctional Countryside: Operational Landscapes, Urban Desire, and the French State, 1945-1976,” French Politics, Culture & Society 36, no. 2 (Summer 2018): 53-76.





Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
France, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Economic History, Environment, Food History, Migration & Immigration, Rural & Agrarian History