Forest Journey: The Role of Wood in the Development of Civilization

Forest Journey: The Role of Wood in the Development of Civilization

by John Perlin
     
 

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The destruction of the world's forests is one of the major concerns of our age. Each year the world loses some 37 million acres of forests. But this book is more than just a chronicle of deforestation.

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The destruction of the world's forests is one of the major concerns of our age. Each year the world loses some 37 million acres of forests. But this book is more than just a chronicle of deforestation.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Perlin has accumulated what seems every reference to the use and misuse of forests in the period beginning with Gilgamesh and ending with the 1880 U.S. census. In between, he chronicles the deforestation of Asia, the Mediterranean, Europe, the West Indies, and the United States by kings, warlords, and robber barons for purposes ranging from building navies to smelting iron to clearing land for cash crops. The research is exhaustive, but the book disappoints in two ways. First, the style is flat. All information is treated as equal in weight, without interpretation or expert opinion. This makes for heavy reading; the hundreds of subheadings in the text accentuate a sense of the book as a compilation, rather than a narrative. Second, given how deforestation has recently become a hot topic, one wishes for a connection to the present time, so that the information might be applied, rather than simply noted.-- Mark L. Shelton, Columbus, Ohio
Booknews
Surveys the use of wood, primarily for building and fuel, and the effects of deforestation, in the ancient, classical, and medieval Mediterranean civilizations, in Tudor and Stewart England, and in the Americas, especially colonial New England. Includes illustrations and maps. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674308923
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1991
Edition description:
1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed
Pages:
446
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.31(d)

Meet the Author

John Perlin is the critically acclaimed author of A Golden Thread: 2500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology (with Ken Butti).

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