Nature and Power: A Global History of the Environment

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Cambridge University Press, 2008 - History - 430 pages
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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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This book is dense. It's German style history, which means it assumes that the reader has a solid foundation in basic topics and throws complex concepts at the reader nonstop. There's a sneaky ... Read full review

Contents

Thinking about Environmental History
1
Trees or Sheep? The Problem of Value Judgments
20
Environmental History as Secret History
32
WasPremodern Agriculture Unconscious Plunder?
71
Water Forests and Power
86
Endemic Disease
127
Colonialism as a Watershed in Environmental History
152
At the Limits of Nature
195
The Ambiguous Development
221
In the Labyrinth of Globalization
250
The Problems of Power and Uncertainty in Environmental
294
Notes
331
Index
409
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About the author (2008)

Joachim Radkau is Associate Professor of History at Universität Bielefeld in Germany. His books include Deutsche Industrie und Politik von Bismarck bis zur Gegenwart (1974). Holz: Ein Naturstoff in der Technikgeschichte (in collaboration with Ingrid Schäfer, 1987), Das Zeitalter der Nervosität: Deutschland zwischen Bismarck und Hitler (1998), and the biography of Max Weber, Die Leidenschaft des Denkens (2005).

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