Unending Frontier An Environmental History of the Early Modern World

ISBN-10: 0520246780

ISBN-13: 9780520246782

Edition: 2005

Authors: John F. Richards

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It was the age of exploration, the age of empire and conquest, and human beings were extending their reach--and their numbers--as never before. In the process, they were intervening in the world's natural environment in equally unprecedented and dramatic ways. A sweeping work of environmental history,The Unending Frontieroffers a truly global perspective on the profound impact of humanity on the natural world in the early modern period. John F. Richards identifies four broadly shared historical processes that speeded environmental change from roughly 1500 to 1800 c.e.: intensified human land use along settlement frontiers; biological invasions; commercial hunting of wildlife; and problems of energy scarcity.The Unending Frontierconsiders each of these trends in a series of case studies, sometimes of a particular place, such as Tokugawa Japan and early modern England and China, sometimes of a particular activity, such as the fur trade in North America and Russia, cod fishing in the North Atlantic, and whaling in the Arctic. Throughout, Richards shows how humans--whether clearing forests or draining wetlands, transporting bacteria, insects, and livestock; hunting species to extinction, or reshaping landscapes--altered the material well-being of the natural world along with their own.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/19/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 696
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

John F. Richards is Professor of History at Duke University. He is the author of The Mughal Empire (1993) and Mughal Administration in Golconda (1975) and the editor of Land, Property and the Environment (2001). He is coeditor of World Deforestation in the Twentieth Century (1988) and Global Deforestation and the Nineteenth-Century World Economy (1983).

List of Maps
List of Tables
Preface
Introduction
The Global Context
The Early Modern World
Climate and Early Modern World Environmental History
Eurasia and Africa
Pioneer Settlement on Taiwan
Internal Frontiers and Intensified Land Use in China
Ecological Strategies in Tokugawa Japan
Landscape Change and Energy Transformation in the British Isles
Frontier Settlement in Russia
Wildlife and Livestock in South Africa
The Americas
The Columbian Exchange: The West Indies
Ranching, Mining, and Settlement Frontiers in Colonial Mexico
Sugar and Cattle in Portuguese Brazil
Landscapes of Sugar in the Antilles
The World Hunt
Furs and Deerskins in Eastern North America
The Hunt for Furs in Siberia
Cod and the New World Fisheries
Whales and Walruses in the Northern Oceans
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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