Ecological Futures: What History Can Teach Us / Edition 1

Ecological Futures: What History Can Teach Us / Edition 1

by Sing C. Chew
     
 

ISBN-10: 0759104549

ISBN-13: 9780759104549

Pub. Date: 06/27/2008

Publisher: AltaMira Press

Ecological Futures, the final book in Sing C. Chew's trilogy on world ecological degradation, proposes that our own era exhibits ecological conditions similar to those of the past. The climate changes, environmental crises, mass population migrations, and socioeconomic disorganization we find in our globalized world also characterized the Late Bronze Age and the…  See more details below

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Ecological Futures, the final book in Sing C. Chew's trilogy on world ecological degradation, proposes that our own era exhibits ecological conditions similar to those of the past. The climate changes, environmental crises, mass population migrations, and socioeconomic disorganization we find in our globalized world also characterized the Late Bronze Age and the period following the fall of the Roman Empire. Given such historical parallels, can history tell us what to expect? Analyzing past trends, Chew identifies a set of long-term structural changes common to previous systemic crises and suggests possible outcomes. These "possible futures" include the collapse of systems, territories, informational technologies, and communities in an era of scarce resources, political reorganization, and globalization.

About the Author:
Sing C. Chew is professor at Humboldt State University and senior research scientist in the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ, Leipzig, Germany

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759104549
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
06/27/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
182
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Preface

Part I The Dark Ages over World History

1 System Crisis 3

Part II The Crisis of the Bronze Age

2 Nature and Culture 21

3 Ecological Crisis and System Transformation 41

Part III The Crisis of Antiquity

4 Intensification of Natural and Social Systems Relations 111

5 A Period of Darkness 139

Part IV System Transformation

6 From the Past to the Future: Whither System Transformation? 169

Appendix 1 Arboreal Pollen Influxes 191

Appendix 2 Plantago Pollen Influxes 213

Appendix 3 Arboreal and Nonarboreal Pollen Influxes Percentages 231

Bibliography 253

Index 285

About the Author 295

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