The Face of the Earth: Environment and World History

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John R. McNeill


Of Rats and Men

A Synoptic Environmental History
of the Island Pacific

The Pacific and its islands have long held allure for romantics and scientists alike. The ocean's great size and galaxies of islands make it as appealing to botanists and biogeographers as to beachcombers. It also has seductive charms for those interested in environmental history, in the changing mutual influence of human communities and the earth, air, water, and life forms that sustain them. Recently, two books have appeared that emphasize the relevance of the environmental history of Easter Island to that of Planet Earth. 1 But Easter Island, like most Pacific islands -- indeed, most islands anywhere -- has had a tumultuous environmental history. Evolution and history have conspired to give island people especially unstable environments.

The island world of the Pacific shows the transforming

From Journal of World History 5, no. 2 ( Fall 1994): 299-341. Copyright © 1994, University of Hawaii Press. Reprinted by permission.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • 1 3
  • Notes 18
  • 2 22
  • Notes 44
  • 3 47
  • Notes 70
  • 4 76
  • Notes 120
  • 5 131
  • Notes 146
  • 6 150
  • Notes 163
  • The Greening of Gandhi - Gandhian Thought and the Environmental Movement in India 165
  • Notes 177
  • Selected Bibliography 180
  • Contributors 189
  • Index 193
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