Understanding the Cultural Landscape / Edition 1

Understanding the Cultural Landscape / Edition 1

by Bret Wallach
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Understanding the Cultural Landscape / Edition 1

This compelling book offers a fresh perspective on how the natural world has been imagined, built on, and transformed by human beings throughout history and around the globe. Coverage ranges from the earliest societies to preindustrial China and India, from the emergence in Europe of the modern world to the contemporary global economy. The focus is on what the places we have created say about us: our belief systems and the ways we make a living. Also explored are the social and environmental consequences of human activities, and how conflicts over the meaning of progress are reflected in today's urban, rural, and suburban landscapes. Written in a highly engaging style, this ideal undergraduate-level human geography text is illustrated with over 25 maps and 70 photographs.

Note: Many additional photographs related to the themes addressed in the book are available at the author's website (www.greatmirror.com.)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593851194
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 406
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Bret Wallach teaches geography at the University of Oklahoma. A MacArthur Fellow, he has previously published At Odds with Progress: Conservation and Americans and Losing Asia: Modernization and the Culture of Development. He is presently working on a book about the rural landscapes of Eurasia.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
I. Anthropological Foundations
2. Human Evolution, Diffusion, and Culture
3. Foragers
4. Domestication
5. The Diffusion and Early Development of Agriculture
6. The Emergence of Civilization
II. Historical Developments
7. China
8. India
9. A Technological Civilization
10. Globalization
III. Livelihoods Today
11. Resource Production
12. Manufacturing
13. Services
14. Transportation and Communication
IV. Social and Environmental Consequences
15. Romantic Responses
16. Political Reactions
17. Conservation, Resources, and Population
18. Pollution, Biodiversity, and Climate Change
V. Reading Landscapes
19. American Cities
20. Rural America
21. Cities Abroad
22. Countrysides Abroad


Undergraduate geography students; general readers interested in world geography, history, and cultures. Serves as a supplemental or primary text in introductory human geography courses.

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