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