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Studies in Environment and History : Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 - Alfred W. Crosby

Studies in Environment and History

Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900

Hardcover Published: 19th January 2004
ISBN: 9780521837323
Number Of Pages: 408

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People of European descent form the bulk of the population in most of the temperate zones of the world--North America, Australia and New Zealand. The military successes of European imperialism are easy to explain because in many cases they were achieved by using firearms against spears. Alfred Crosby, however, explains that the Europeans' displacement and replacement of the native peoples in the temperate zones was more a matter of biology than of military conquest. Now in a new edition with a new preface, Crosby revisits his classic work and again evaluates the ecological reasons for European expansion. Alfred W. Crosby is the author of the widely popular and ground-breaking books,The Measure of Reality (Cambridge, 1996), and America's Forgotten Pandemic (Cambridge, 1990). His books have received the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize, the Medical Writers Association Prize and been named by the Los Angeles Times as among the best books of the year. He taught at the University of Texas, Austin for over 20 years. First Edition Hb (1986): 0-521-32009-7 First Edition Pb (1987): 0-521-33613-9

'In telling his very readable story, Mr Crosby combines a historian's taste for colorful detail with a scientist's hunger for unifying and testable generalization ...[He] shows that there is more to history than kings and battles, and more to ecology than fruits and nuts.' The Wall Street Journal 'Crosby argues his case with vigour, authority, and panache, summoning up examples and illustrations that are often as startling in their character as in their implications. Ecological Imperialism could not ask for a more lucid and stylish exponent.' The Times Literary Supplement 'The biological bases of radically changing historical ecosystems must never be forgotten - and Crosby has made them intelligible as well as memorable.' Natural History 'The book is important, and required reading for politicians worldwide ... Nuclear war may be spectacular and a valid focus for our exertions, but ecological insouciance is even more dangerous because it is unspectacular, and it merits efforts to combat it as strenuous and urgent.' The Guardian 'Crosby has unfolded with great power the wider biopolitics of our civilization.' Nature

List of illustrationsp. xiii
Preface to the new editionp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Prologuep. 1
Pangaea revisited, the Neolithic reconsideredp. 8
The Norse and the Crusadersp. 41
The Fortunate Islesp. 70
Windsp. 104
Within reach, beyond graspp. 132
Weedsp. 145
Animalsp. 171
Illsp. 195
New Zealandp. 217
Explanationsp. 269
Conclusionp. 294
What was the "smallpox" in New South Wales in 1789?p. 309
Notesp. 312
Indexp. 361
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ISBN: 9780521837323
ISBN-10: 0521837324
Series: Studies in Environment and History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 19th January 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised