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New Frontiers in Historical Ecology

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Dynamic new research in the genuinely interdisciplinary field of historical ecology is flourishing in restoration and landscape ecology, geography, forestry and range management, park design, biology, cultural anthropology, and anthropological archaeology. Historical ecology corrects the flaws of previous ecosystems and disequilibrium paradigms by constructing transdisciplinary histories of landscape and regions that recognize the significance of human activity and the power of all forms of knowledge. The preferred theoretical approach of younger scholars in many social and natural science disciplines, historical ecology is also being put into practice around the world by such organizations as UNESCO. The series fosters the next generation of scholars offering a sophisticated grasp of human-environmental interrelationships. The series editors invite proposals for cutting edge books that break new ground in theory or in the practical application of the historical ecology paradigm to contemporary problems.

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Climatic and Ecological Change in the Americas A Perspective from Historical Ecology

Climatic and Ecological Change in the Americas: A Perspective from Historical Ecology

1st Edition

Edited By James Andrew Whitaker, Chelsey Geralda Armstrong, Guillaume Odonne
August 17, 2023

This book offers a comparative analysis of the experiences, responses, and adaptations of people to climate variability and environmental change across the Americas. It foregrounds historical ecology as a structural framework for understanding the climate change crisis throughout the region and ...

Methods in Historical Ecology Insights from Amazonia

Methods in Historical Ecology: Insights from Amazonia

1st Edition

Edited By Guillaume Odonne, Jean-François Molino
October 12, 2020

This book presents some of the most recent tools, methods and concepts in historical ecology. It introduces students and researchers to state-of-the-art techniques and showcases a wide array of methods dedicated to understanding the history of tropical landscapes. The chapters cover the detection ...

Islands in the Rainforest Landscape Management in Pre-Columbian Amazonia

Islands in the Rainforest: Landscape Management in Pre-Columbian Amazonia

1st Edition

By Stéphen Rostain
April 01, 2014

Stéphen Rostain’s book is a culmination of 25 years of research on the extensive human modification of the wetlands environment of Guiana and how it reshapes our thinking of ancient settlement in lowland South America and other tropical zones. Rostain demonstrates that populations were capable of ...

Landesque Capital The Historical Ecology of Enduring Landscape Modifications

Landesque Capital: The Historical Ecology of Enduring Landscape Modifications

1st Edition

Edited By N Thomas Håkansson, Mats Widgren
August 19, 2016

This book is the first comprehensive, global treatment of landesque capital, a widespread concept used to understand anthropogenic landscapes that serve important economic, social, and ritual purposes. Spanning the disciplines of anthropology, human ecology, geography, archaeology, and history, ...

The Maya Forest Garden Eight Millennia of Sustainable Cultivation of the Tropical Woodlands

The Maya Forest Garden: Eight Millennia of Sustainable Cultivation of the Tropical Woodlands

1st Edition

By Anabel Ford, Ronald Nigh
June 30, 2015

The conventional wisdom says that the devolution of Classic Maya civilization occurred because its population grew too large and dense to be supported by primitive neotropical farming methods, resulting in debilitating famines and internecine struggles. Using research on contemporary Maya farming ...

Sacred Geographies of Ancient Amazonia Historical Ecology of Social Complexity

Sacred Geographies of Ancient Amazonia: Historical Ecology of Social Complexity

1st Edition

By Denise P Schaan
August 31, 2013

The legendary El Dorado—the city of gold—remains a mere legend, but astonishing new discoveries are revealing a major civilization in ancient Amazonia that was more complex than anyone previously dreamed. Scholars have long insisted that the Amazonian ecosystem placed severe limits on the size and ...

The Ten-Thousand Year Fever Rethinking Human and Wild-Primate Malarias

The Ten-Thousand Year Fever: Rethinking Human and Wild-Primate Malarias

1st Edition

By Loretta A Cormier
September 15, 2011

Malaria is one of the oldest recorded diseases in human history, and its 10,000-year relationship to primates can teach us why it will be one of the most serious threats to humanity in the 21st century. In this pathbreaking book Loretta Cormier integrates a wide range of data from molecular ...

Social and Ecological History of the Pyrenees State, Market, and Landscape

Social and Ecological History of the Pyrenees: State, Market, and Landscape

1st Edition

Edited By Ismael Vaccaro, Oriol Beltran
November 15, 2010

This major work of historical ecology advances the integration of research on environmental and social systems, contributing important lessons for contemporary natural resource policy and management. A diverse, international region, the Pyrenees has been characterized as a quintessential example of...

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