Rethinking Environmental History: World-System History and Global Environmental Change

Rethinking Environmental History: World-System History and Global Environmental Change

by Alf Hornborg, J. R. McNeill, Joan Martinez-Alier, Stephen G. Bunker, William H. Fisher
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0759110271

ISBN-13: 9780759110274

Pub. Date: 01/18/2007

Publisher: AltaMira Press

This exciting new reader in environmental history provides a framework for understanding the relations between ecosystems and world-systems over time. Alf Hornborg, J. R. McNeill, and Joan Martinez-Alier have brought together a group of prominent social scientists, historians, and geographical scientists to provide a historical overview of the ecological dimension of

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This exciting new reader in environmental history provides a framework for understanding the relations between ecosystems and world-systems over time. Alf Hornborg, J. R. McNeill, and Joan Martinez-Alier have brought together a group of prominent social scientists, historians, and geographical scientists to provide a historical overview of the ecological dimension of global economic processes. Readers are challenged to integrate studies of the "Earth-system" with studies of the "world-system," and to reconceptualize the relations between human beings and their environment as well as the challenges of global sustainability.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759110274
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
01/18/2007
Series:
Globalization and the Environment Series
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.46(h) x 1.21(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: Environmental History as Political Ecology   Alf Hornborg     1
The Environment in World-System History: Tracing Social Processes in Nature
Environmental Impacts of the Roman Economy and Social Structure: Augustus to Diocletian   J. Donald Hughes     27
"People Said Extinction Was Not Possible": Two Thousand Years of Environmental Change in South China   Robert B. Marks     41
Precolonial Landesque Capital: A Global Perspective   Mats Widgren     61
Food, War, and Crisis: The Seventeenth-Century Swedish Empire   Janken Myrdal     79
The Role of Deforestation in Earth and World-System Integration   Michael Williams     101
Silver, Ecology, and the Origins of the Modern World, 1450-1640   Jason W. Moore     123
Trade, "Trinkets," and Environmental Change at the Edge of World-Systems: Political Ecology and the East African Ivory Trade   N. Thomas Hakansson     143
Steps to an Environmental History of the Western Llanos of Venezuela: A World-System Perspective   Rafael A. Gasson     163
The Extractive Economy: An Early Phase of the Globalization of Diet, and Its Environmental Consequences   Richard Wilk     179
Yellow Jack and Geopolitics: Environment, Epidemics, and the Struggles for Empire in theAmerican Tropics, 1640-1830   J. R. McNeill     199
Ecology and Unequal Exchange: Unraveling Environmental Injustice in the Modern World
Marxism, Social Metabolism, and International Trade   Joan Martinez-Alier     221
Natural Values and the Physical Inevitability of Uneven Development under Capitalism   Stephen G. Bunker     239
Footprints in the Cotton Fields: The Industrial Revolution as Time-Space Appropriation and Environmental Load Displacement   Alf Hornborg     259
Uneven Ecological Exchange and Consumption-Based Environmental Impacts: A Cross-National Investigation   Andrew K. Jorgenson   James Rice     273
Combining Social Metabolism and Input-Output Analyses to Account for Ecologically Unequal Trade   Helga Weisz     289
Physical Trade Flows of Pollution-Intensive Products: Historical Trends in Europe and the World   Roldan Muradian   Stefan Giljum     307
Environmental Issues at the U.S.-Mexico Border and the Unequal Territorialization of Value   Josiah Heyman     327
Surrogate Money, Technology, and the Expansion of Savanna Soybeans in Brazil   William H. Fisher     345
Scale and Dependency in World-Systems: Local Societies in Convergent Evolution   Joseph A. Tainter     361
The Ecology and the Economy: What Is Rational?    Immanuel Wallerstein     379
Index     391
About the Contributors     407

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