World Without End: Environmental Disaster and the Collapse of Empires

World Without End: Environmental Disaster and the Collapse of Empires

by Ian Whyte



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845110550
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 03/30/2008
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ian Whyte is Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Lancaster, UK.

Table of Contents

Environmental Change in Perspective: the Last 10,000 Years
• Environmental Systems and Processes: Some Basic Principles
• Hunters and Hunter-gatherers
• The extinction of big game species in North America at the start of the holocene
• Mesolithic hunter-gatherers and forests in Britain
• Early Agricultural Societies
• The origins and spread of agriculture in the Near East and Europe
• The abandonment of the British uplands during the later Bronze Age
• The eruption of Thera and its impact on Minoan civilization
• Early Civilizations and Empires
• The effects of agriculture in the Tigris-Euphrates basin: the first towns and civilizations
• The collapse of the Maya civilization
• The 'ruined' landscapes of the mediterranean: environmental deterioration in classical and later times
• Medieval and Early-modern Societies
• Viking-age Iceland and Greenland: medieval societies at the margins
• The little Ice Age and its impact in Europe
• The colonisation of the Atlantic and Caribbean islands
• Modern Developed Societies
• Tourism in the Alps
• Drought on the American great plains
• Trees, woodland and identity in the British landscape
• The Modern Less-developed World
• Sea-level change and vulnerable coastal areas
• The dessication of the Aral sea
• Hard engineering: the Three Gorges Dam in China
• Postscript: Environmental Change and the Future

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