An Environmental History of the World: Humankind's Changing Role in the Community of Life

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Psychology Press, 2002 - History - 264 pages
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An Environmental History of the World is a concise history, from Ancient to Modern times, of the interaction between human societies and the other forms of life that inhabit our planet. This original work follows a chronological path through the history of mankind, in relationship to ecosystems around the world. Each chapter concentrates on a general period in human history which has been characterised by large scale changes in the relationship of human societies to the biosphere, and gives three case-studies that illustrate the significant patterns occurring at that time. Little environmental or historical knowledge is assumed from the reader in this introduction to environmental history.

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User Review  - WildcatJF - LibraryThing

Hughes does a solid job of compressing the long environmental history down into a readable format that lacks ethnocentrism and presents its points clearly. Probably the best overall book I read for my environmental history class. Read full review

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J. Donald Hughes is John Evans Professor in the Department of History at the University of Denver, USA

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