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.
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
Chapter 3. Lake Varves and Environmental History
Chapter 4. The Geological Record of Tsunamis in the Anthropocene
Chapter 5. Stable and Radiocarbon Isotope Measurements to Reconstruct the Diet and Age of Human Skeletal Remains during the Jōmon Period
Chapter 6. Mount Fuji and Waka Poetry
Chapter 7. Mt. Fuji and the Tokugawa Shogunate
Part II: Culture, Civilization and the Environment
Chapter 8. Biogeography of Pantropical Plants with Sea-Drifted Seeds
Chapter 9. Fuji Mine Shugyō: An Introduction to Mountain Ascetic Practices on Mount Fuji
Part III: Environment and cultures: East/West
Chapter 10. Neolithisation: A Perspective from the East Asian Inland Seas
Chapter 11. Global Environmental Justice and the Natural Environment in Japanese Archaeology
Mark J. Hudson
Asia has a long history of human settlement and human modification of Asian natures occurred through varied historical processes such as agriculture, urbanization, pastoralism and the rise of nomadic empires, medieval commerce and proto-industrialization. Despite these histories, most writers on the Anthropocene conclude that it began in Atlantic Europe and North America, raising the question of to what extent the concept reflects traditional Eurocentric views of the ‘Rise of the West’. From a natural science perspective, are the criteria used to identify the geological and biological changes associated with the onset of the Anthropocene shared across the world or are there important differences in regions such as Asia?
Although the Anthropocene began as a concept in the natural sciences, it has proven useful as an idea to bring together research in both natural and human sciences. Research on the Anthropocene and the environmental humanities has been an especially noticeable field in recent years. However, perspectives from Asia still remain limited. This series focuses on the Anthropocene and its problems and potentials from an Asian perspective, as well as placing Asian examples in a global context.
Titles in this series will be of great interest to students and researchers in archaeology, geography, history, ecology, agriculture, environmental humanities, and sustainability science.
To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan (Rebecca.Brennan@tandf.co.uk).