A Companion to Global Environmental History

A Companion to Global Environmental History

by J. R. McNeill
     
 

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The Companion to Global Environmental History orients readers to this dynamic and fast-growing field and provides an essential reference to current issues and controversies within the research arena. Bringing together environmental historians from around the world, it surveys past developments in scholarship, current contours of the field, and possibleSee more details below

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The Companion to Global Environmental History orients readers to this dynamic and fast-growing field and provides an essential reference to current issues and controversies within the research arena. Bringing together environmental historians from around the world, it surveys past developments in scholarship, current contours of the field, and possible approaches for the future.

Four themed sections encompass temporal, geographic and thematic approaches from prehistory to the present day, to offer multiple points of entry into the substance and historiography of environmental history. Chapters explore themes across times, places and processes, as well as exploring environmental thought and action around the world, to give readers a cultural, intellectual and political context for engagement with the environment in modern times. The companion is a road map, not only for scholars and students who are coming to environmental history for the first time, but also for professional historians and specialists looking for comparative perspectives.

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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

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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:
08/22/2012
Series:
Blackwell Companions to World History
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
568
File size:
3 MB

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