An Environmental History of the World: Humankind's Changing Role in the Community of Life (Routledge Studies in Physical Geography and Environment)

An Environmental History of the World: Humankind's Changing Role in the Community of Life (Routledge Studies in Physical Geography and Environment)

J. Donald Hughes


This moment variation of An Environmental heritage of the World keeps to provide a concise historical past, from historic to trendy occasions, of the interactions among human societies and the typical atmosphere, together with the opposite kinds of lifestyles that inhabit our planet. all through their evolutionary historical past, people have affected the traditional setting, occasionally with a promise of sustainable stability, but additionally in a harmful demeanour. This e-book investigates the ways that environmental alterations, usually the results of human activities, have brought on old tendencies in human societies. This method has occurred in each ancient interval and in every thing of the inhabited earth.

The booklet is equipped into ten chapters. the most chapters stick with a chronological direction throughout the historical past of mankind, in dating to ecosystems world wide. the 1st explains what environmental heritage is, and argues for its significance in figuring out the current nation of the world's ecological difficulties. Chapters via 8 shape the middle of the ancient research, every one focusing on a massive interval of human heritage (pre-civilized, early civilizations, classical, medieval, early sleek, early and later 20th century, and modern) that has been characterised through large-scale adjustments within the dating among human societies and the biosphere, and every offers numerous case stories that illustrate major styles taking place at the moment. The chapters protecting modern occasions speak about the actual affects of the massive development in inhabitants and know-how, and the human responses to those difficulties. Our ethical responsibilities to nature and the way we will be able to in attaining a sustainable stability among know-how and the surroundings also are thought of. This revised moment version takes account of latest learn and the process historical past containing new sections on worldwide warming, the reaction of recent Orleans to the hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the adventure of the Dutch humans in retaining their low-lying lands opposed to the encroachments of rivers, lakes, and the North Sea. New fabric is usually provided at the Pacific Islands, together with the recognized case of Easter Island.

This is an unique paintings that reaches extra than different environmental histories. instead of people and the surroundings as separate entities, this ebook areas people in the group of existence. the connection among environmental suggestion and activities, and their evolution, is mentioned all through. Little environmental or old wisdom is believed from the reader during this creation to environmental historical past. we won't succeed in an invaluable realizing of recent environmental difficulties with out assistance from viewpoint supplied by way of environmental heritage, with its illustrations of the ways that previous judgements helped or hindered the interplay among nature and tradition. This booklet might be influential and well timed to all drawn to or studying the area during which we live.

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