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Since around 1500 C.E., humans have shaped the global environment in ways that were previously unimaginable. Bringing together leading environmental historians and world historians, this book offers an overview of global environmental history throughout this remarkable 500-year period. In eleven essays, the contributors examine the connections between environmental change and other major topics of early modern and modern world history: population growth, commercialization, imperialism, industrialization, the fossil fuel revolution, and more. Rather than attributing environmental change largely to European science, technology, and capitalism, the essays illuminate a series of culturally distinctive, yet often parallel developments arising in many parts of the world, leading to intensified exploitation of land and water.

The wide range of regional studies—including some in Russia, China, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Southern Africa, and Western Europe—together with the book's broader thematic essays makes The Environment and World History ideal for courses that seek to incorporate the environment and environmental change more fully into a truly integrative understanding of world history.

CONTRIBUTORS: Michael Adas, William Beinart, Edmund Burke III, Mark Cioc, Kenneth Pomeranz, Mahesh Rangarajan, John F. Richards, Lise Sedrez, Douglas R. Weiner

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-9
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Figures, Maps, and Tables
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Part One: Overview
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Introduction: World History and Environmental History
  2. pp. 3-32
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  1. 2. The Big Story: Human History, Energy Regimes, and the Environment
  2. pp. 33-53
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  1. 3. Toward a Global System of Property Rights in Land
  2. pp. 54-78
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  1. Part Two: Rivers, Regions, and Developmentalism
  2. pp. 79-80
  1. 4. The Transformation of the Middle Eastern Environment, 1500 B.C.E.–2000 C.E.
  2. pp. 81-117
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  1. 5. The Transformation of China’s Environment, 1500–2000
  2. pp. 118-164
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  1. 6. The Rhine as a World River
  2. pp. 165-190
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  1. 7. Continuity and Transformation: Colonial Rice Frontiers and Their Environmental Impact on the Great River Deltas of Mainland Southeast Asia
  2. pp. 191-208
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  1. Part Three: Landscapes, Conquests, Communities, and the Politics of Knowledge
  2. pp. 209-210
  1. 8. Beyond the Colonial Paradigm: African History and Environmental History in Large-Scale Perspective
  2. pp. 211-228
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  1. 9. Environmental Histories of India: Of States, Landscapes, and Ecologies
  2. pp. 229-254
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  1. 10. Latin American Environmental History: A Shifting Old/New Field
  2. pp. 255-275
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  1. 11. The Predatory Tribute-Taking State: A Framework for Understanding Russian Environmental History
  2. pp. 276-316
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 317-336
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 337-338
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 339-361
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  1. Production Notes
  2. pp. 381-381
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780520943483
Related ISBN
9780520256873
MARC Record
OCLC
670484281
Pages
384
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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