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Environments and Historical Change : The Linacre Lectures - Paul Slack

Environments and Historical Change

The Linacre Lectures

By: Paul Slack (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2000
ISBN: 9780198233886
Number Of Pages: 208

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Present anxieties about global warming and threats to biodiversity leave no doubts that environmental changes impact upon humans. Perceptions of the environment change as people try to define and shape 'nature' in different ways. The book explores the relationship between environmental change and society from the last Ice Age to the present. The book examines the environmental impact of fluctuations in climate and the demand for energy, and the patters which human societies have imposed on their surroundings, from boundaries to the cultural projections of legends and film. Together they show how insights from the disciplines of geography and geography, history and anthropology, can throw fresh light on the long-term attachment of people to place. The chapters in this book were originally delivered as Linacre Lectures at Linacre College, Oxford University.

`An interdisciplinary approach is a promising way of studying the envrionment-society relationship and this book is a good example of this ... this book contains a set of multifaceted views on history of the environment-society relation that enriches our knowledge of the present and helps us to face it.' Manuel Arias Maldonado, Environmental Politics `Worthwhile reading, with some surprising findings' W. Ouderkirk, CHOICE

Acknowledgementsp. v
Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Referencesp. 7
The Ice Age in the Tropics and Its Human Implicationsp. 10
Introduction THE EARLY HISTORYp. 10
Conclusionp. 25
Referencesp. 27
Climate and History in the Old and New Worldsp. 33
Referencesp. 43
Putting Abrupt Environmental Change Back into Human Historyp. 46
Introductionp. 46
Conclusionp. 72
Referencesp. 72
Meeting Human Energy Needs: Constraints, Opportunities, and Effectsp. 76
Meeting Human Energy Needs: Constraints, Opportunities, and Effectsp. 76
Referencesp. 94
Boundaries and Country Planning: Ancient and Modernp. 96
Referencesp. 116
Introductionp. 118
Environments and Identities: Landscape as Cultural Projection in the English Provincial Pastp. 118
The Renaturing of African Animals: Film and Literature in the 1950s and 1960sp. 147
Referencesp. 165
From Hunting to Mining: The History of Human Environmental Relations in Eastern Arnhem Landp. 168
Introductionp. 168
Referencesp. 186
Conclusionp. 186
Indexp. 189
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ISBN: 9780198233886
ISBN-10: 0198233884
Series: Linacre Lectures
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st February 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.0  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.44