Environmental History: As if Nature Existed

Hardcover | February 1, 2010

EditorJ. R. McNeill, Jose Augusto Padua, Mahesh Rangarajan

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This volume brings to the reader the history of the alteration of environment by human action, and the reciprocal influence of the environment upon human history. The collection traces the long history of geographical shifts in human occupation, the difficult path to industrialization, theforced displacements and destruction of forests and marshes, the state-led industrialization in response to poverty, and the destruction of forests due to European colonialism etc. A set of macro- and micro-regional studies of environmental history and economic development with respect to India,China, Bangladesh, and Brazil are discussed.As a whole, this collection offers some of the best recent works at the intersection of two new sub-disciplines taking history, economics, and nature into account. Contributed by experts in the fields of sociology, history, ecology, and economics, this pioneering work is an invaluable resource for academics of all social science disciplines, environmentalists, economists, anthropologists, urban policy planners, and researchers.

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This volume brings to the reader the history of the alteration of environment by human action, and the reciprocal influence of the environment upon human history. The collection traces the long history of geographical shifts in human occupation, the difficult path to industrialization, theforced displacements and destruction of forests...

J.R. McNeill is University Professor of History at Georgetown University. Jose Augusto Padua is Professor of Environmental History at the History Department and PhD Program on Social History at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Mahesh Rangarajan is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Delhi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:February 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198064489

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IntroductionPart I. Global Studies: Environmental History in General and in AsiaOut of the Frying Pan and into the FireIndustrialization as a Socio-ecological Transition ProcessUrban Sanitation through the Lens of Thomas KuhnEconomic Development, Environment and Society: Reading Karl William Kapp (1910-1976)Part II. Macro-Regional Studies: Environmental Resources and Chinese Historical DevelopmentOf Nature and Nationalism: Rethinking India's NehruEuropean Colonialism and Tropical Forest Destruction in Brazil: The Environmental Dimension beyond Economic HistoryPart III. Micro-regional Studies: Globalization and Tribal Histories in Eastern IndiaFrom the Green Revolution to the Gene Revolution in India: 1965-2007Migration and Ecological Consequences: the Case of Kerala, IndiaPolicy Root in Environmental Degradation: the Case of Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh