Evolutionary History: Uniting History and Biology to Understand Life on Earth

Evolutionary History: Uniting History and Biology to Understand Life on Earth

by Edmund Russell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521745098

ISBN-13: 9780521745093

Pub. Date: 04/11/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

We tend to see history and evolution springing from separate roots, one grounded in the human world and the other in the natural world. Human beings have, however, become probably the most powerful species shaping evolution today, and human-caused evolution in other species has probably been the most important force shaping human history. This book introduces

Overview

We tend to see history and evolution springing from separate roots, one grounded in the human world and the other in the natural world. Human beings have, however, become probably the most powerful species shaping evolution today, and human-caused evolution in other species has probably been the most important force shaping human history. This book introduces readers to evolutionary history, a new field that unites history and biology to create a fuller understanding of the past than either can produce on its own. Evolutionary history can stimulate surprising new hypotheses for any field of history and evolutionary biology. How many art historians would have guessed that sculpture encouraged the evolution of tuskless elephants? How many biologists would have predicted that human poverty would accelerate animal evolution? How many military historians would have suspected that plant evolution would convert a counter-insurgency strategy into a rebel subsidy? With examples from around the globe, this book will help readers see the broadest patterns of history and the details of their own life in a new light.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521745093
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/11/2011
Series:
Studies in Environment and History Series
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Matters of life and death; 2. Evolution's visible hands; 3. Hunting and fishing; 4. Eradication; 5. Altering environments; 6. Evolution revolution; 7. Intentional evolution; 8. Co-evolution; 9. Evolution of the industrial revolution; 10. History of technology; 11. Environmental history; 12. Conclusion; Glossary.

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