The Mediterranean: An Environmental History

The Mediterranean: An Environmental History

by J. Donald Hughes
     
 

ISBN-10: 1576078108

ISBN-13: 9781576078105

Pub. Date: 04/28/2005

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576078105
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2005
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)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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Table of Contents

1The Mediterranean environment and its first human inhabitants1
2Environmental impacts of early civilizations23
3The Mediterranean in the Middle Ages59
4The early modern period (1492-1799)87
5The modern era (1800-1959)111
6Contemporary trends and concerns (1960-2005)137
7Case studies183

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