Humans versus Nature

- A Global Environmental History

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Humans versus Nature
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Udgivelsesdato:
16-01-2020
Sprog:
Engelsk
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Since the appearance of Homo sapiens on the planet hundreds of thousands of years ago, human beings have sought to exploit their environments, extracting as many resources as their technological ingenuity has allowed. As technologies have advanced in recent centuries, that impulse has remained largely unchecked, exponentially accelerating the human impact on the environment. Humans versus Nature tells a history of the global environment from the Stone Age to the present, emphasizing the adversarial relationship between the human and natural worlds. Nature is cast as an active protagonist, rather than a mere backdrop or victim of human malfeasance. Daniel R. Headrick shows how environmental changes-epidemics, climate shocks, and volcanic eruptions-have molded human societies and cultures, sometimes overwhelming them. At the same time, he traces thehistory of anthropogenic changes in the environment-species extinctions, global warming, deforestation, and resource depletion-back to the age of hunters and gatherers and the first farmers and herders. He shows how human interventions such as irrigation systems, over-fishing, and the Industrial Revolution havein turn harmed the very societies that initiated them. Throughout, Headrick examines how human-driven environmental changes are interwoven with larger global systems, dramatically reshaping the complex relationship between people and the natural world. In doing so, he roots the current environmental crisis in the deep past.

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Udgivelsesdato:
16-01-2020
ISBN13:
9780190864729
Bredde:
156 mm
Højde:
235 mm
Format:
Paperback
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Bibliotekernes beskrivelse Humans versus Nature relates the history of the global environment from the Stone Age to the present, emphasizing the adversarial relations between human societies and the natural environment in all regions of the world and tracing the current environmental crisis to its roots in the deep past. 22 illustrations

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