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The Mediterranean: An Environmental History

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Overview

Of interest to students and academics alike, this book covers the key environmental developments in the Mediterranean throughout recorded history. Case studies chart the agricultural problems of ancient Mesopotamia, how climatic change contributed to the downfall of the Roman Empire, and the impact of dam building at Aswan on the Nile.

Of particular interest are the book's sections dealing with the impact of human colonization on the flora and fauna of the early Mediterranean and the extinction of creatures such as dwarf elephants and giant shrews. Especially important, given the ongoing conflicts in the region, are the examples cited of the adverse environmental impact of Western colonization and how human exploitation of the earth's natural resources has led to unforeseen disasters.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This book presents experts' findings in this remarkable field concerning the region that stretches from southern Europe, to northern Africa, to southwestern Asia. From the rise of agriculture in Mesopotamia, to the environmental fallout of the Persian Gulf wars; from the ancient flooding of the Nile, to the Aswan Dam; the volume charts the different ways human societies in the region have shaped and are shaped by the natural world in which they live."

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Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and the Environment

"The straightforward organization and prose as well as the self-contained character of its separate chapters render it extremely useful in the undergraduate classroom, especially as a key text in courses on the Mediterranean Basin."

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Sixteenth Century Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576078105
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: Nature and Human Societies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 333
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Mediterranean environment and its first human inhabitants 1
2 Environmental impacts of early civilizations 23
3 The Mediterranean in the Middle Ages 59
4 The early modern period (1492-1799) 87
5 The modern era (1800-1959) 111
6 Contemporary trends and concerns (1960-2005) 137
7 Case studies 183
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