Environmental History: As If Nature Existed

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John Robert McNeill, José Augusto Pádua, Mahesh Rangarajan
Oxford University Press, 2010 - Business & Economics - 248 pages
This volume brings to the reader the history of the alteration of environment by human action, and the reciprocal influence of the environment upon human history. The collection traces the long history of geographical shifts in human occupation, the difficult path to industrialization, the forced displacements and destruction of forests and marshes, the state-led industrialization in response to poverty, and the destruction of forests due to European colonialism etc. A set of macro- and micro-regional studies of environmental history and economic development with respect to India, China, Bangladesh, and Brazil are discussed. As a whole, this collection offers some of the best recent works at the intersection of two new sub-disciplines taking history, economics, and nature into account.
Contributed by experts in the fields of sociology, history, ecology, and economics, this pioneering work is an invaluable resource for academics of all social science disciplines, environmentalists, economists, anthropologists, urban policy planners, and researchers.

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J.R. McNeill is University Professor of History at Georgetown University. Jose Augusto Padua is Professor of Environmental History at the History Department and PhD Program on Social History at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Mahesh Rangarajan is Professor in the Department ofHistory at the University of Delhi.

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