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    DescriptionThis second edition of An Environmental History of the World continues to present a concise history, from ancient to modern times, of the interactions between human societies and the natural environment, including the other forms of life that inhabit our planet. Throughout their evolutionary history, humans have affected the natural environment, sometimes with a promise of sustainable balance, but also in a destructive manner. This book investigates the ways in which environmental changes, often the result of human actions, have caused historical trends in human societies. This process has happened in every historical period and in every part of the inhabited earth. The book is organized into ten chapters. The main chapters follow a chronological path through the history of mankind, in relationship to ecosystems around the world. The first explains what environmental history is, and argues for its importance in understanding the present state of the world's ecological problems. Chapters two through eight form the core of the historical analysis, each concentrating on a major period of human history (pre-civilized, early civilizations, classical, medieval, early modern, early and later twentieth century, and contemporary) that has been characterized by large-scale changes in the relationship between human societies and the biosphere, and each gives several case studies that illustrate significant patterns occurring at that time. The chapters covering contemporary times discuss the physical impacts of the huge growth in population and technology, and the human responses to these problems. Our moral obligations to nature and how we can achieve a sustainable balance between technology and the environment are also considered. This revised second edition takes account of new research and the course of history containing new sections on global warming, the response of New Orleans to the hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the experience of the Dutch people in protecting their low-lying lands against the encroachments of rivers, lakes, and the North Sea. New material is also offered on the Pacific Islands, including the famous case of Easter Island. This is an original work that reaches further than other environmental histories. Rather than looking at humans and the environment as separate entities, this book places humans within the community of life. The relationship between environmental thought and actions, and their evolution, is discussed throughout. Little environmental or historical knowledge is assumed from the reader in this introduction to environmental history. We cannot reach a useful understanding of modern environmental problems without the aid of perspective provided by environmental history, with its illustrations of the ways in which past decisions helped or hindered the interaction between nature and culture. This book will be influential and timely to all interested in or researching the world in which we live.


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    Title
    An Environmental History of the World
    Subtitle
    Humankind's Changing Role in the Community of Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) J. Donald Hughes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 174 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 581 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780415481502
    ISBN 10: 0415481503
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ENV
    BIC subject category V2: HBT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S8.3
    BIC subject category V2: RNT
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27610
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: STX
    BISAC V2.8: SOC015000, SCI030000
    DC22: 304.28
    BISAC V2.8: NAT011000, HIS052000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 304.2/8
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: GF13 .H83 2009
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 304.2809
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    Thema V1.0: NHB, RNT, NHT
    Edition
    2
    Edition statement
    2nd ed.
    Illustrations note
    46 black & white illustrations, 46 black & white halftones
    Publisher
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    ROUTLEDGE
    Publication date
    16 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    J. Donald Hughes is John Evans Distinguished Professor of History, University of Denver. Author of What is Environmental History? (Polity, 2006), The Mediterranean: An Environmental History (ABC-CLIO, 2005), and Pan's Travail: Environmental Problems of the Ancient Greeks and Romans (Johns Hopkins, 1994), he is a founding member of the American and European Societies for Environmental History and past editor of Environmental History
    Review quote
    "This would be an important addition to shelves of all scholars engaged with environmental research, whether in the humanities or sciences. It augments the recent surge of titles offering a global view of environmental history." - Frederick S. Milton, Newcastle University
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction: History and Ecology 2. Primal Harmony 3. The Great Divorce of Culture and Nature 4. Ideas and Impacts 5. The Middle Ages 6. The Transformation of the Biosphere 7. Exploitation and Conservation 8. Modern Environmental Problems 9. Present and Future 10. Conclusion