Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 / Edition 1

Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 / Edition 1

by Alfred W. Crosby
     
 

People of European descent form the bulk of the population in most of the temperate zones of the world -- North America, Australia, and New Zealand. The military successes of European imperialism are easy to explain; in many cases they were a matter of firearms against spears. But as Alfred Crosby explains in this highly original and fascinating book, the Europeans'… See more details below

Overview

People of European descent form the bulk of the population in most of the temperate zones of the world -- North America, Australia, and New Zealand. The military successes of European imperialism are easy to explain; in many cases they were a matter of firearms against spears. But as Alfred Crosby explains in this highly original and fascinating book, the Europeans' displacement and replacement of the native peoples in the temperate zones was more a matter of biology than of military conquest. European organisms had certain decisive advantages over their New World and Australian counterparts. The spread of European disease, flora, and fauna went hand in hand with the growth of populations. Consequently, these imperialists became proprietors of the most important agricultural lands in the world. Now a new edition with a new preface, Crosby revisits his now classic work and again evaluates the global historical importance of European ecological expansion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521456906
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1986
Series:
Canto Book Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface to the new edition
Acknowledgments
1Prologue1
2Pangaea revisited, the Neolithic reconsidered8
3The Norse and the Crusaders41
4The Fortunate Isles70
5Winds104
6Within reach, beyond grasp132
7Weeds145
8Animals171
9Ills195
10New Zealand217
11Explanations269
12Conclusion294
AppWhat was the "smallpox" in New South Wales in 1789?309
Notes312
Index361

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