Covering the last five hundred years of global history, The Environment in World History examines the processes that have transformed the Earth and put growing pressure on natural resources.
Chapters and case studies explore a wide range of issues, including:
The Environment in World History offers a fresh environmental perspective on familiar world history narratives of imperialism and colonialism, trade and commerce, and technological progress and the advance of civilisation, and will be invaluable reading for all students of world history and environmental studies.
'A book like this one goes a long way to making environmental history something that any and everyone can easily grasp.' – Reviews in History
'A must read for anyone interested in exploring the historical roots of a planetwide ecological crisis. Essential.' – Choice
'Meticulously researched, it is sure to provide even the hardened environmental historian with some new case study, some unexpected interpretive slant or some grim statistic to mull over. Brief though it is, this is surely one of the best histories of the environment currently available.' – Environment and History
Figures and Tables. Acknowledgements 1. Introduction: Environment and History 2. The World Hunt 3. Forests and Forestry 4. Soils and Irrigation 5. Cities and the Environment 6. Conclusion: Beyond the Limits?
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