Encyclopedia of World Environmental History / Edition 1

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Overview

While the relationship between man and nature has been a constant feature of the human situation, the human impact on the environment has only recently become a topic of general interest to students, as well as to scholars and professionals in disciplines across the board.
This three-volume set, written by a team of international experts, provides not only broad historical coverage on how human beliefs and actions have altered the natural world, but also covers the latest developments in the field. An analysis of natural phenomena and events and their impact on human societies is also included.

For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History website.

Also includes 20 maps.

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Editorial Reviews

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Editors Krech (anthropology, Brown Univ.; The Ecological Indian), J.R. McNeil (history, Georgetown Univ.; Something New Under the Sun), and Carolyn Merchant (environmental history, philosophy, & ethics, Berkeley; Reinventing Eden) have compiled a three-volume set tracing the interaction of humankind and nature over the course of history. The introduction presents a solid overview of the emergence of environmental history as a global field of scholarship. Over 500 signed articles by international scholars, which vary in length from one to ten pages, cover such general topics as climate, law and regulation, nations and regions, places and events, deceased environmentalists, and religion. Black-and-white maps and photographs accompany the text, as do sidebars that feature extracts from historical documents, environmental literature, and religious traditions. Each entry has a bibliography. As with all "world" history works, there will be different opinions regarding what is included and what is not. For example, there are lengthy entries on North America, the United States, and Asia but not South America as a whole. The Sierra Nevada mountains are included but not the Alps or the Urals. There is an entry for sweet potato but not for corn. Few non-American conservationists are profiled, which is disappointing given the global intent of the work. Some of the same information is found in Gale's two-volume Environmental Encyclopedia, 2d ed., and Salem's three-volume Natural Resources, edited by Mark Coyne and Craig W. Allin, but overall much is unique to this source. Entries on specific countries and their environmental policies and histories are among the most useful. Buy where demand is high for environmental histories in large public and academic libraries.-Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Clarkston Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415937320
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/31/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1504
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 4.70 (d)

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