The World System and the Earth System: Global Socioenviromental Change and Sustainability since the Neolithic 3000BC - AD 2000

The World System and the Earth System: Global Socioenviromental Change and Sustainability since the Neolithic 3000BC - AD 2000

by Alf Hornborg
     
 

ISBN-10: 1598741012

ISBN-13: 9781598741018

Pub. Date: 11/30/2006

Publisher: Left Coast Press

In this benchmark volume top scholars come together to present state-of-the-art research and pursue a more rigorous framework for understanding and studying the linkages between social and ecological systems. Contributors from a wide spectrum of disciplines, including archaeology, anthropology, geography, ecology, palaeo-science, geology, sociology, and history,

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In this benchmark volume top scholars come together to present state-of-the-art research and pursue a more rigorous framework for understanding and studying the linkages between social and ecological systems. Contributors from a wide spectrum of disciplines, including archaeology, anthropology, geography, ecology, palaeo-science, geology, sociology, and history, present and assess both the evolution of our thinking and current, state-of-the-art theory and research. Covering ancient through modern periods, they discuss the complex ways in which human culture, economy, and demographics interact with ecology and climate change. The World System and the Earth System is critical reading for all scholars and students working at the interface of nature and society.Contributors: Thomas Abel, Björn Berglund, Chris Chase-Dunn, Alfred Crosby, Carole L. Crumley, John Dearing, Bert de Vries, Nina Eisenmenger, Andre Gunder Frank, Jonathan Friedman, Stefan Giljum, Thomas Hall, Karin Holmgren, Alf Hornborg, Kristian Kristiansen, Thomas Malm, Daniel Mandell, Betty Meggers, George Modelski, Emilio Moran, Helena Öberg, Frank Oldfield, Susan Stonich, William Thompson, Peter Turchin.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598741018
Publisher:
Left Coast Press
Publication date:
11/30/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Contributors     xii
Introduction: Conceptualizing Socioecological Systems   Alf Hornborg     1
Modeling Socioecological Systems: General Perspectives     13
Historical Ecology: Integrated Thinking at Multiple Temporal and Spatial Scales   Carole L. Crumley     15
Toward Developing Synergistic Linkages between the Biophysical and the Cultural: A Palaoenvironmental Perspective   Frank Oldfield     29
Integration of World and Earth Systems: Heritage and Foresight   John A. Dearing     38
World-Systems as Complex Human Ecosystems   Thomas Abel     56
Lessons from Population Ecology for World-Systems Analyses of Long-Distance Synchrony   Thomas D. Hall   Peter Turchin     74
Sustainable Unsustainability: Toward a Comparative Study of Hegemonic Decline in Global Systems   Jonathan Friedman     91
Case Studies of Socioenvironmental Change in Prehistory     109
Agrarian Landscape Development in Northwestern Europe since the Neolithic: Cultural and Climatic Factors behind a Regional/Continental Pattern   Bjorn E. Berglund     111
Climate Change in Southern and Eastern Africa during the Past Millennium and Its Implications for Societal Development   Karin Holmgren   Helena Oberg     121
World-Systems in the Biogeosphere: Urbanization, State Formation, and Climate Change Since the Iron Age   Christopher Chase-Dunn   Thomas D. Hall   Peter Turchin     132
Eurasian Transformations: Mobility, Ecological Change, and the Transmission of Social Institutions in the Third Millennium and the Early Second Millennium B.C.E.   Kristian Kristiansen     149
Climate, Water, and Political-Economic Crises in Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt   William R. Thompson     163
Ages of Reorganization   George Modelski     180
Sustainable Intensive Exploitation of Amazonia: Cultural, Environmental, and Geopolitical Perspectives   Betty J. Meggers     195
Regional Integration and Ecology in Prehistoric Amazonia: Toward a System Perspective   Alf Hornborg     210
Is the World System Sustainable? Attempts toward an Integrated Socioecological Perspective     229
The Human-Environment Nexus: Progress in the Past Decade in the Integrated Analysis of Human and Biophysical Factors   Emilio F. Moran     231
In Search of Sustainability: What Can We Learn from the Past?   Bert J. M. de Vries     243
Political Ecology and Sustainability Science: Opportunity and Challenge   Susan C. Stonich   Daniel S. Mandell     258
No Island is an "Island": Some Perspectives on Human Ecology and Development in Oceania   Thomas Malm     268
Infectious Diseases as Ecological and Historical Phenomena, with Special Reference to the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919   Alfred W. Crosby     280
Evidence from Societal Metabolism Studies for Ecological Unequal Trade   Nina Eisenmenger   Stefan Giljum     288
Entropy Generation and Displacement: The Nineteenth-Century Multilateral Network of World Trade   Andre Gunder Frank     303
References     317
Index     381

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