Nature: Western Attitudes Since Ancient Times / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$19.10
(Save 34%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 93%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (12) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $10.29   
  • Used (7) from $1.99   

Overview

Is nature an objective reality unaffected, in its beautiful simplicity, by time, culture, and place? What does this extraordinarily complex term mean? These are the riveting questions examined by Peter Coates as he demonstrates that nature, like us, has a history. Beginning with Roman times, he lifts the veil of nature and reveals the ideological and material factors that have influenced human perceptions of, attitudes to, and uses of nature - notably religion and ethics, science, technology, economics, gender, and ethnicity. The book is essential reading for those who seek an understanding of the history of ideas and the role of nature in that history.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times Book Review
Coates...begins with definition: What is this main character whose life story we would understand? A shape-changer, really; Nature has dozens of forms and faces, presenting a confusion of narrative threads. Coates untangles them well.
David Craig
Peter Coates's study of the evolving meaning of 'nature', in Europe and North America, is preoccupied with the human tendency to invade nature, altering, exploiting and 'reinventing' it....His strength lies in his method of weighing up someone's case or view...by testing it against what was happening on the ground. —London Review of Books
David Craig
Peter Coates's study of the evolving meaning of 'nature', in Europe and North America, is preoccupied with the human tendency to invade nature, altering, exploiting and 'reinventing' it....His strength lies in his method of weighing up someone's case or view...by testing it against what was happening on the ground.
London Review of Books
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520244788
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 12/20/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


Peter Coates is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Bristol.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1 The natures of nature 1
2 Ancient Greece and Rome 23
3 The Middle Ages 40
4 The advent of modernity 67
5 The world beyond Europe 82
6 Nature as landscape 110
7 Reassessments of nature : romantic and ecological 125
8 The disunited colours of nature 145
9 The future of nature 173
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)