The Evolution of Middle Eastern Landscapes: An Outline to A.D. 1840, Part 1840

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 1985 - Gardening - 304 pages
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This book provides a background to the modern geography of the Middle East by tracing the evolution of humanized managed landscapes from the domestication of cereals through to the initiation of the great transformations of the region in the mid-nineteenth century. By examining the natural potential of the region in terms of climate, natural vegetation and physical conditions, and charting the emergence of basic long-lasting traditional economies based on this environment, the author shows how the environment stimulated traditional life styles, which in turn perpetuated and molded the region.
  

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Contents

Introduction Dates and Definitions
1
The Measure of the Region
9
Domestication and the Beginnings of Farming
29
Modes of Living
48
The Earliest Civilisationsc5000525 BC
82
Hellenistic West and Persian East
121
Islam and the Arab ExpansionAD 5001500
152
Ottoman West Persian East
184
Landscape Evolution to cAD 1800 A Review
214
Recovery and Modernisation
233
Bibliography
269
Index
298
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