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Multidisciplinary Studies of the Environment and Civilization
Japanese Perspectives

ISBN 9780367247997
Published June 10, 2019 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

Multidisciplinary Studies on the Environment and Civilization draws on research from a diverse range of fields across the humanities, social and natural sciences to discover what is needed to develop an affluent, sustainable and resilient world for the twenty-first century and beyond.

The contributions throughout this volume build and promote frameworks for an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability both in and beyond Japan. Utilizing research efforts from a broad range of fields such as zoology, biological anthropology and archaeology, these multidisciplinary studies are brought together to assess the impacts humans have had on the environment as well as the role of civilization, culture and heritage in environmental history.

This book provides a truly multidisciplinary approach to environmental issues and will be of great interest to graduate students and researchers in fields such as climate, geology, plant taxonomy and marine science as well as those with an interest in Japanese history, archaeology, art and literature.

Table of Contents

Preface- Yoshinori Yasuda

Chapter 1. Introduction: The Great Wave of the Anthropocene
Mark J. Hudson

Part I: Natural History and Environmental History: Building Interdisciplinary Frameworks

Chapter 2. The Fishes of Shizuoka: A History of Fish- Fauna Research and Some Future Perspectives
Kōichi Shibukawa

Chapter 3. Lake Varves and Environmental History
Kazuyoshi Yamada

Chapter 4. The Geological Record of Tsunamis in the Anthropocene
Daisuke Sugawara

Chapter 5. Stable and Radiocarbon Isotope Measurements to Reconstruct the Diet and Age of Human Skeletal Remains during the Jōmon Period

Sōichirō Kusaka

Chapter 6. Mount Fuji and Waka Poetry

Kazuha Tashiro

Chapter 7. Mt. Fuji and the Tokugawa Shogunate

Jin Matsushima

Part II: Culture, Civilization and the Environment

Chapter 8. Biogeography of Pantropical Plants with Sea-Drifted Seeds

Kōji Takayama

Chapter 9. Fuji Mine Shugyō: An Introduction to Mountain Ascetic Practices on Mount Fuji

Yasumasa Ōtaka

Part III: Environment and cultures: East/West

Chapter 10. Neolithisation: A Perspective from the East Asian Inland Seas

Junzō Uchiyama

Chapter 11. Global Environmental Justice and the Natural Environment in Japanese Archaeology

Mark J. Hudson






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Yoshinori Yasuda is the Director of the Museum of Natural and Environmental History, Shizuoka, Japan, a Professor at Ritsumeikan University, and Professor Emeritus at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan.

Mark J. Hudson is a researcher in the Eurasia3angle project at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany, and a Research Associate at the Institut d’Asie Orientale, ENS de Lyon, France.