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The Ends of the Earth : Perspectives on Modern Environmental History - Donald Worster

The Ends of the Earth

Perspectives on Modern Environmental History

By: Donald Worster (Editor)

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Published: 19th June 1989
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Since 1492, when Columbus "discovered" America, the world has been moving toward an increasingly integrated global economy, higher population levels and consequently greater resource demands, and an increasingly precarious state of the biosphere. These developments play a major part in both modern history and in daily life. Understanding their interrelationships and development is crucial to the future of humanity and of the Earth, and is the unifying theme of this collection of readings.

"Overall The Ends of the Earth serves its purpose well. Geographers will find intellectual stimulation and motivations for new research among these essays. Worster's invitation for geographers to contribute more to environmental history whould be welcomed." Michael E. Lewis, Geographical Reviews "...provides readers with a fair introduction to the kinds of approaches taken by environmental historians." Forest and Conservation History "...offers a diverse state-of-the-art introduction to environmental history. Donald Worster engages the reader with two strong and graceful essays. Not least, the book concludes with an important bibliography covering English titles in modern environmental history." John Opie, ISIS

Preface
Introduction
The vulnerable Earth: toward a planetary history
Dynamics of Change
Environment, population, and technology in primitive societies
Climatic fluctuations and population problems in early modern history
The English industrial revolution
The European Invasion
Ecological imperialism: the overseas migration of Western Europeans as a biological phenomenon
The depletion of India's forests under British imperialism: planters, foresters, and peasants in Assam and Kerala
Toward an archaeology of colonialism: elements in the ecological transformation of the Ivory Coast Timothy
Conserving Nature - Past and Present
The myth of the southern soil miner: macrohistory, agricultural innovation, and environmental change
Toward an interactive theory of nature and culture: ecology, production, and cognition in the California fishing industry
Efficiency, equity, esthetics: shifting themes in American cconservation
The changing face of soviet conservation Douglas
Conclusion
Toward a biosphere consciousness
Appendix
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521348461
ISBN-10: 0521348463
Series: Studies in Environment and History
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 19th June 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.52