Global Environmental History: An Introductory Reader by John R. McNeillGlobal Environmental History: An Introductory Reader by John R. McNeill

Global Environmental History: An Introductory Reader

EditorJohn R. McNeill, Alan Roe

Paperback | December 14, 2012

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Global Environmental Historyintroduces this rapidly developing field through a broad and thought-provoking range of expert contributions.

Environmental history is a subject especially suited to global and transnational approaches and, over the course of the present generation, an increasing number of scholars have taken up the challenge that it presents. The collection begins with a series of chapters offering truly global visions; they range from reflections on the role of animals in environmental history to an overview of environmental change over the past ten millennia.

Part Two switches to a sharper focus, featuring essays that characterize the distinctiveness of certain key regions such as China, Russia, West Africa, South Asia, Europe, and Latin America. The final part of the book examines different forms of modern environmentalism, ranging from the U.S. and its fascination with wilderness, to Japanese concern with human health, and on to Peru and India, where the environmental debate centres on access to resources.

Global Environmental Historywill be an essential resource for students of Environmental History and Global History.

John R. McNeillis University Professor in the Department of History and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His previous works includeMosquito Empires:Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean,winner of the Beveridge Prize of the American Historical Association,andSomething New Under The Sun: An Environmental History...
Title:Global Environmental History: An Introductory ReaderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9 × 6.1 × 1 inPublished:December 14, 2012Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415520533

ISBN - 13:9780415520539


Table of Contents

Part 1: Global Perspectives 1. Changing Times: The Holocene LegacyWilliam Dickinson 2. Dark is the World to Thee: A Historical Perspective on Environmental ForewarningsTeresa Kwiatowska and Alan Holland  3. Opportunities in Marine Environmental HistoryW. Jeffrey Bolster 4. Gender and Environmental HistoryCarolyn Merchant  5. Forged in Fire: History, Land, and Anthropogenic FireStephen Pyne  6. Rubber, Blight, and Mosquitoes: Biogeography Meets the Global EconomyDonald Kennedy and Marjorie Lucks  7. Animal PlanetHarriet Ritvo  8. Evolutionary History: Prospectus for a New FieldEdmund Russell  9. Ecological Imperialism: The Overseas Migration of Western Europeans as a Biological PhenomenonAlfred Crosby Part 2: Regional Perspectives 10. Environment and Society: Long-Term Trends in Latin American MiningElizabeth Dore  11. Exceptionalism in European Environmental HistoryJoachim Radkau  12. Three Thousand Years of Unsustainable Growth: China's Environment from Archaic Times to the PresentMark Elvin 13. The Predatory Tribute-Taking State: A Framework for Understanding Russian Environmental HistoryDouglas Weiner 14. Ecology and Culture in West AfricaJames L. Webb Part 3: Environmentalisms 15. The Trouble with Wilderness: Or, Getting Back to the Wrong NatureWilliam Cronon 16. Ecology and the Poor: A Neglected Dimension of Latin American HistoryJoan Martinez-Alier 17. Conservation Movement in Post-War JapanCatherine Knight

Editorial Reviews

"Environmental history offers a provocative new paradigm and perspective on the human past. This collection of essays, selected from the major journals in the field, demonstrate the intellectual vigor and geographical scope of that new approach. Read them, and your understanding of history will change dramatically." - Donald Worster, University of Kansas, USA "In Global Environmental History, John McNeill and Alan Roe have put together a stimulating ¿canon¿ of great readings. Together they explore many of the key themes in the emerging interdisciplinary field of environmental history, which explores past relations between people and environments historically, geographically, ecologically and through following many other disciplinary paths as well. The ¿global synthesis¿ will ultimately need the understandings of many scales ¿ global, regional and local ¿ and the readings are organised in a way that considers the insights from each. There will, we hope be more such anthologies to follow. This one is a pioneering collection for an exciting intellectual endeavour."  - Libby Robin, Australian National University, Australia