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The Face of the Earth: Environment and World History

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Although the organizing principle of virtually every world history text presently available is "development", Hughes maintains that this traditional approach fails to address the issue of sustainability. By adopting the ecological process as their major theme, the authors show how the process of human interaction with the natural environment unfolded in the past and offer perspective on the ecological crises in our world at the beginning of the 21st century. Topics range from broad regional studies that examine ...
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Overview

Although the organizing principle of virtually every world history text presently available is "development", Hughes maintains that this traditional approach fails to address the issue of sustainability. By adopting the ecological process as their major theme, the authors show how the process of human interaction with the natural environment unfolded in the past and offer perspective on the ecological crises in our world at the beginning of the 21st century. Topics range from broad regional studies that examine important aspects of the global environment that affect nations, to a study of the widespread influence of one important individual on his nation and beyond. The authors (among them John McNair, Diane Jones, Martin Melosi, Helen Wheatley, Calvin Martin, and Valery Cholakov) take different approaches, but all share a conviction that world history must take ecological process seriously, and they all recognize the ways in which the living and non-living systems of the earth have influenced the course of human affairs.
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A world history that takes as its organizing principle not the development so cherished by most texts, but sustainability. US historians adopt the ecological process as their major theme in order to show how the process of human interaction with the natural environment unfolded in the past, and to offer perspectives on the ecological crises of the present. They also explore how living and nonliving systems of the earth have influenced the course of human affairs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Ecological Process in World History 3
2 Biodiversity in World History 22
3 Equity, Eco-Racism, and the Environmental Justice Movement 47
4 Of Rats and Men: A Synoptic Environmental History of the Island Pacific 76
5 Land and Agriculture in Australia: Coping with Change in a Fragile Environment 131
6 Toward Eco-Revival? The Cultural Roots of Russian Environmental Concerns 150
7 The Greening of Gandhi: Gandhian Thought and the Environmental Movement in India 165
Selected Bibliography 180
Contributors 189
Index 193
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