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Nature and Power A Global History of the Environment

ISBN-10: 0521851297

ISBN-13: 9780521851299

Edition: 2008

Authors: Joachim Radkau, German Historical Institute in London Staff, Thomas Dunlap

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Nature and Power traces the expanding scope of environmental action over the course of history: from initiatives undertaken by individual villages and cities, environmental policy has become a global concern. Efforts to steer human use of nature and natural resources have become complicated, as Nature and Power shows, by particularities of culture and by the vagaries of human nature itself. Environmental history, the author argues, is ultimately the history of human hopes and fears.
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Book details

List price: $103.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/11/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 450
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Preface to the German Edition
Preface to the English Edition
Thinking about Environmental History
Blinders and Dead Ends in Environmental History
The Sameness of Vicious Circles and the Complex Ways of Escaping Them
In the Depth of Time, and the Mysterious Regenerative Power of the Nature Idea
Trees or Sheep? The Problem of Value Judgments in Environmental History
Ecology as Historical Explanation: From the Collapse of Mayan Culture to the Great Irish Famine
Terra Incognita: Environmental History as Secret History or the History of the Obvious?
The Ecology of Subsistence and Tacit Knowledge: Primeval Symbioses of Humans and Nature
In the Beginning Was Fire: Global Slash-and-Burn Agriculture and Pyromania in Environmental History
Humans and Animals: Hunting and Domestication
Gardens and Fruit Trees
Farmers and Herders
The "Tragedy of the Commons" and the Plaggen Plague: Was Premodern Agriculture "Unconscious Plunder"?
Mother Earth and the Father in Heaven: On the Ecology of Religion
Water, Forests, and Power
Hydraulic Engineering, Power, and Ecological Chain Reactions
Egypt and Mesopotamia: An Archetypal Contrast
The Irrigated Terrace: A Socioecological Cell Culture
China as a Model and a Terrifying Vision
Water Civilizations within Constrained Spaces: Venice and the Netherlands
Malaria, Irrigation, Deforestation: Endemic Disease as Nature's Avenger and the Protector of Ecological Reserves
Deforestation and "Ecological Suicide" in the Mediterranean Region: A Fictitious Problem? Erosion in Harmony with Nature and Misleading Historicization
Forest and Power in Europe: From the Forest-Clearance Movement to the Era of Forest Regulations
Focal Points of an Early Consciousness of Crisis: Cities and Mining
Colonialism as a Watershed in Environmental History
The Mongol Empire and the "Microbial Unification of the World"
Ecological Dynamics in Overseas Colonialization
The Birth of the Global Perspective: Colonial and Insular Origins of Modern Environmental Awareness
Colonial and Postcolonial Turning Points in India's Environmental History
Yankee and Mushik Ecology
The Question of European Exceptionalism in Environmental History: The Effect of Colonialism on the Colonial Powers
At the Limits of Nature
Toward the Last Reserves
"Who Mistus, da Christus" (Where there is dung, there is Christ): From the Fallow to the "Cult of Dung" and the Politicization of Agriculture
Alarm over Wood Scarcity, the Afforestation Movement, and the Rise of an Ecological Forest Apologetics
"Sweet, Holy Nature": The Ambiguous Development of the Modern Religion of Nature
Nature and Nation: Making Concrete the Nature in Need of Protection
The First Industrial Environmental Crisis and the Genesis of Basic Patterns of Modern Crisis Management
In the Labyrinth of Globalization
The Deepest Rupture in the History of the Environment: The Failed Americanization of the World
Blood and Soil: Self-Sufficiency Gone Mad
Substrata of Environmental Concerns: The Nuclear Apocalypse and Cancer Fears
Scientific, Spiritual, and Economic Origins of the Environmental Movement
Nepal, Bhutan, and Other Summit Perspectives: Environmental Problems in Tourism, Development Aid, and Space Flight
The Problems of Power and Uncertainty in Environmental Policy
Epilogue: How to Argue with Environmental History in Politics
Notes
Index