Understanding the Cultural Landscape

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Guilford Press, 2005 - Science - 406 pages
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This compelling book offers a fresh perspective on how the natural world has been imagined, built on, and transformed by human beings throughout history and around the globe. Coverage ranges from the earliest societies to preindustrial China and India, from the emergence in Europe of the modern world to the contemporary global economy. The focus is on what the places we have created say about us: our belief systems and the ways we make a living. Also explored are the social and environmental consequences of human activities, and how conflicts over the meaning of progress are reflected in today's urban, rural, and suburban landscapes. Written in a highly engaging style, this ideal undergraduate-level human geography text is illustrated with over 25 maps and 70 photographs.

Note: Many additional photographs related to the themes addressed in the book are available at the author's website (www.greatmirror.com.)
  

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Contents

Photo Sources
1
China Yunnan Village
2
ANTHROPOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS
5
U S Oklahoma OU Campus Two
6
Human Evolution Diffusion and Culture
7
Burma Rangoon One
8
Cover upper
9
Austria
16
Globalization
98
PART HI LIVELIHOODS TODAY CHAPTER 11 Resource Production
119
Manufacturing
148
Services
166
Transportation and Communication
185
SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES
209
Darfur and Kordofan 12
237
Icons 2
301

Foragers
18
China
23
Domestication
27
Palaces
30
The Diffusion and Early Development of Agriculture
35
The Emergence of Civilization
48
U S East D C 14
51
HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENTS
59
China
61
India
72
A Technological Civilization
83
American Cities
307
Rural America
331
Cities Abroad
346
Countrysides Abroad
366
Dali and Lijiang 4
375
Sources of Quotations
378
Books and Articles Cited or Quoted
391
Index
397
About the Author
406
Copyright

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Bret Wallach teaches geography at the University of Oklahoma. A MacArthur Fellow, he has previously published At Odds with Progress: Conservation and Americans and Losing Asia: Modernization and the Culture of Development. He is presently working on a book about the rural landscapes of Eurasia.

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