An Environmental History of the World (Hardcover)

Humankind's Changing Role in the Community of Life

By J. Donald Hughes

Routledge, 9780415136181, 264pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2001

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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.

About the Author

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