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The Danish Revolution, 1500-1800 : An Ecohistorical Interpretation - Thorkild Kjaergaard

The Danish Revolution, 1500-1800

An Ecohistorical Interpretation

By: Thorkild Kjaergaard, David Hohnen (Translator), Donald Worster (Editor), Alfred W. Crosby (Editor)

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This book tells the story of a fertile European country that, as a result of over-population and military armament, over-exploited its fields and forests in a nonsustainable fashion. By the eighteenth century, Denmark, along with other European countries, found itself in an ecological crisis: clear felling of forests, sand drift, floods, inadequate soil fertilization and cattle disease. This book explains how the crisis was overcome, and is the first attempt to understand early modern Europe from a consistently ecological viewpoint.

"The author presents a great number of data to support his theses, and this reviewer is convinced that Kjaergaard is on the right track. It is to be hoped, that scholars outside Denmark will read the book and make it part of a fruitful debate on an ecohistorical interpretation of history. It deserves it." Sixteenth Century Journal "...a persuasive case for an ecological interpretation--a conclusion supported by an impressive body of primary evidence, as well as chronological logic." John D. Post, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

List of illustrations
Preface
Introduction
Denmark, 1500-1750: A Country in an Ecological Crisis
The road to the crisis
The anatomy of the crisis
The Ecological Revolution
The green revolution
The energy and raw materials revolution
The New Denmark
Landscape
Labour burden and social structure
The disease pattern
Power
The Driving Forces Behind the Danish Revolution, 1500-1800
Agrarian reforms
Technology and communications systems
The Inheritance
The social and political inheritance: individualism and the liberal democratic society
The ecological inheritance
Appendices
Sources and bibliography
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521442671
ISBN-10: 0521442672
Series: Studies in Environment and History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 31st March 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.66