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The Companion to Global Environmental History offers multiple points of entry into the history and historiography of this dynamic and fast-growing field, to provide an essential road map to past developments, current controversies, and future developments for specialists and newcomers alike.
  • Combines temporal, geographic, thematic and contextual approaches from prehistory to the present day
  • Explores environmental thought and action around the ...
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A Companion to Global Environmental History

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Overview

The Companion to Global Environmental History offers multiple points of entry into the history and historiography of this dynamic and fast-growing field, to provide an essential road map to past developments, current controversies, and future developments for specialists and newcomers alike.
  • Combines temporal, geographic, thematic and contextual approaches from prehistory to the present day
  • Explores environmental thought and action around the world, to give readers a cultural, intellectual and political context for engagement with the environment in modern times
  • Brings together environmental historians from around the world, including scholars from South Africa, Brazil, Germany, and China
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“Those whose interest is world environmental history will find this book a pleasure to read from cover to cover, and the bibliographies current and extensive” Choice

“There is much in this book that will be of interest to environmentalists, geographers and politicians, and the general public. Environmental historians should find this a useful overview of their topic.” Reference Reviews

Library Journal
Editors McNeill (Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean; The Human Web: A Bird's-Eye View of World History) and Mauldin have compiled 28 essays on the influence and interdependence of environmental factors and the living world. Each essay delves into an area of global environmental history, such as how geography and climate affected early human migration, how harvesting trees affected shipbuilding and hence the ability to explore and defend land, and how theology that encourages mastery of natural elements influences environmental history differently from theology that encourages harmony with nature. Books such as Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel (Norton 2005) and Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma (Penguin, 2007) have touched on some of these topics for the general reader, but McNeill and Mauldin's book covers this relatively new field in a broader and more academic way. The first section addresses environmental history chronologically, and the latter three sections are roughly grouped by place, theme, and current issues such as the environmental impact of China and how economic issues affect environmental issues. The intelligent essays, written primarily by college professors, and occasionally by PhD candidates, are between 15–20 pages, with thorough notes, references, and sometimes suggested further reading. The black-and-white maps add clarity. VERDICT Adults, college students, and thoughtful high school readers interested in environmental topics out of the "global warming" mainstream can find here meaty examination of such diverse subjects as poaching, Agent Orange, the environmental effects of expanding urban areas, and the commercial livestock industry.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118279540
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/22/2012
  • Series: Blackwell Companions to World History
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 568
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

J.R. McNeill is Professor of History at Georgetown University, where he held the Cinco Hermanos Chair in Environmental and International Affairs before becoming University Professor in 2006. His book Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World was listed by The Times as one of the best science books ever written. The book was co-winner of the World History Association and Forest History Society book prizes and runner-up for the BP Natural World book prize. McNeill has authored a number of other award-winning books on environmental history, and in 2010 he was awarded the Toynbee Prize for ‘academic and public contributions to humanity.'

Erin Stewart Mauldin is currently a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University studying American Environmental History with an emphasis on the nineteenth-century South.

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Table of Contents

1. J.R. McNeill and Erin Stewart Mauldin

Part I: Times

2. The First 150,000 Years (Paleolithic Environmental History)

J.R. McNeill

3. The Ancient World (c. 500 B.C. to 500 A.D.)

J. Donald Hughes

4. The Early Modern World (c. 500 A.D. to 1500 A.D.)

Daniel Headrick

5. The Modern World (since 1500)

Robert Marks

Part II: Places

6. Southeast Asia in Global Environmental History

Peter Boomgaard

7. Africa in Global Environmental History

Jane Carruthers

8. Latin America in Global Environmental History

Shawn Miller

9. The United States in Global Environmental History

Erin Stewart Mauldin

10. The Arctic and Subarctic in Global Environmental History

Liza Piper

11. The Middle East in Global Environmental History

Alan Mikhail

12. Australia in Global Environmental History

Libby Robin

13. Oceania in Global Environmental History

Paul D’Arcy

14. The Soviet Union in Global Environmental History

Stephen Brain

Part III: Drivers of Change and Environmental Transformations

15. Grasslands of Russia and North America

David Moon

16. Global Forests

Nancy Langston

17. Fishes and Whales

Micah Muscolino

18. Riverine Environments

Alan Roe

19. War and the Environment

Richard Tucker

20. Technology and the Environment

Paul Josephson

21. Cities and the Environment

Jordan Bauer and Martin V. Melosi

22. Evolution and Environment

Edmund Russell

23. Climate Change

Sam White

24. Industrial Agriculture

Meredith McKittrick

25. Biological and Ecological Exchanges

J.R. McNeill

Part IV: Environmental Thought and Action

26. Environmentalism in Brazil: A Historical Perspective

Jose Padua

27. Chinese Environmental Thought and Movements since 1949

Bao Maohong

28. Religion and Environmentalism

Joachim Radkau

29. The Environmentalism of the Poor

Joan Martinez-Alier

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