An Environmental History of the World: Humankind's Changing Role in the Community of Life

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Map Geographical location of case studies xv
1.1 A landscape transformed by human actions, Madeira Island 2
2.1 An example of one of many species adapted to the East African dry forest ecosystem 15
2.2 An elder in the forest near Manyallaluk, which means “Frog Dreaming Place” in Northern Territory, Australia 20
2.3 The Hopi town of Moenkopi in Arizona 23
3.1 The wall of the ancient city of Uruk in Sumeria 35
3.2 Salinization in the Fayum Oasis, Egypt 41
3.3 The Temple of the Giant Jaguar (Temple I) rises above the plaza in the ancient Maya city of Tikal, Guatemala 43
4.1 The Parthenon and other buildings in Athens, Greece, crown the Acropolis 61
4.2 An Orthodox church in Messenia, Greece 63
4.3 The historic city of Xian 67
4.4 The Tiber River served as water supply and means of transportation for the imperial city of Rome 75
4.5 Trajan’s Column, in the Forum of Trajan, Rome 77
5.1 The city hall (Palazzo Vecchio) and cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence 88
5.2 Aerial view of Ra’iatea, a high island in the Society Islands of Polynesia 96
5.3 Breadfruit, a food plant introduced to many of the Pacific islands by the Polynesians 97
5.4 View of the lagoon and barrier reef from the high island of Bora Bora in the Society Islands 98
5.5 Machu Picchu, a city of the Incas in the Andes Mountains east of Cuzco, Peru 100
6.1 Statue of Tlaloc, the Aztec god of rain, now located at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City 114
6.2 The Tower Bridge over the Thames River, in London, built in 1886-94 121
6.3 A giant tortoise at the Charles Darwin Research Center on the Galápagos Islands 128

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figures ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Permissions xiii
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - Primal Harmony 12
  • 3 - The Great Divorce of Culture and Nature 30
  • 4 - Ideas and Impacts 52
  • 5 - The Middle Ages 83
  • 6 - The Transformation of the Biosphere 109
  • 7 - Exploitation and Conservation 141
  • Notes 169
  • 8 - Modern Environmental Problems 174
  • 9 - Present and Future 206
  • 10 - A General Conclusion 238
  • Notes 241
  • Bibliographical Essay 242
  • Index 249
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