Encyclopedia of World Environmental History Vol. 1-3

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9780415937320: Encyclopedia of World Environmental History Vol. 1-3
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While the relationship between man and nature has been a constant feature of the human situation, the human impact on the environment has only recently become a topic of general interest to students, as well as to scholars and professionals in disciplines across the board.
This three-volume set, written by a team of international experts, provides not only broad historical coverage on how human beliefs and actions have altered the natural world, but also covers the latest developments in the field. An analysis of natural phenomena and events and their impact on human societies is also included.

For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History website.

Also includes 20 maps.

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This landmark encyclopedia is an excellent, authoritative foundation for the study of environmental history... Highly recommended for academic libraries, as well as large public libraries. -- Lawrence Looks at Books, Gale Reference Reviews
Will be welcomed by students and scholars who can benefit from the presentation of EH in a separate comprehensive source... Provides extensive coverage of EH... Unique and will be useful ro scholars, students, and policy anaylsts... Recommended for academic and larger public libraries. -- Choice
Packed with an incredible range of topics... A worthwhile and valuable purchase... The contributors and editors have done an admirable job in amassing a broad selection of topics in a succinct and readable tome. -- Canadian Journal of Environmental Education
Comprehensive... Well-written... A worthwhile investment for those in need of a scholarly reference on this timely topic as there are no other single works that provide comparable breadth and authoritative coverage... Recommended for academic, public, and special libraries. -- Booklist/RBB
Recommended for high school, public, and undergraduate collections. It brings together a large, eclectic, interdisciplinary collection of articles related to environmental history that would be difficult to replicate any other way. -- Reference & User Services Quarterly
Much [content] is unique... Buy where demand is high for environmental histories in large public and academic libraries. -- Library Journal
The articles provide concise definitions and histories... Accessible to high school and undergraduate students. -- SciTech Book News
This is the most ambitious effort yet to offer a comprehensive overview of the long-term history of human interactions with the natural world on a truly planetary scale. Contributors include some of the world's leading environmental historians and the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History should be a standard reference tool for years to come. -- William Cronon, Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Of all the topics in which even specialists find themselves overwhelmed with cascades of information, worldwide environmental affairs rank near the topic. The Encyclopedia of World Environmental History provides readers--scholars, students, activists, officials, citizens--with a compass and a map for charting their course through this complex terrain. This is a book that responds to the major need of our time: turning information into knowledge with efficiency, clarity, and spirit. -- Patricia Nelson Limerick, Professor of History and Environmental Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder; Chair of the Board and Faculty Director of the Center of the American West; Author of The Legacy of Conquest
The historical perspective has added immensely to our understanding of environmental challenges, and this unique Encyclopedia brings together contributions from environmental historians and others with great insight and skill. It will be an immediate addition to our library at Yale's environment school. -- James Gustave Speth, former president of World Resources Institute and head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), now Dean of the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
The Encyclopedia of World Environmental History fills a huge gap in the environmental literature. If we are to understand where we are and where we are headed, it helps to know where we have come from. -- Lester Brown, founder and president of Earth Policy Institute and formerly president of Worldwatch Institute
This collection will be a valuable first stop for undergraduate and graduate cultural ecology and physical geography research... An impressively crafted reference work. -- John Hintz, University of Kentucky
The essays, written by hundredes of authors, succeed in presenting key ideas clearly and accessibly for a variety of audiences... This encyclopedia should become the reference of first resort for students and researchers alike. It belongs in every research library, many reading libraries, and individual collections. -- Environmental History
The first of its kind in the world... A bold and admirable undertaking composed during a remarkably short time...A highly useful handbook not only for environmental historians, but for environmentalists as well... A truly global prespective... This encyclopedia presents a broad range of thematic fields... A wonderful treasure trove to stimulate the brainstorming of all those who are searching for new ideas, new themes, and new connections in environmental history... -- Journal of World History
Nowhere else can we find informative biographies of key figures that have shaped environmental history and today's environmental movement. -- Environmental Ethics

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Aimed at a broad audience of students, scholars, professionals, and general readers, this reference work contains 520 signed articles providing current, comprehensive coverage of environmental history from ancient times to the present. The well-written, alphabetically arranged articles range in length from one column to multiple pages.

Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural in approach, the encyclopedia covers a broad range of general topics, including arts, literature, biomes, climate, natural events, economic systems, energy, ancient civilizations, exploitation, philosophies, law, people, plants, animals, nonliving resources, places, religion, technology, and science. Examples of specific articles are Animal rights, Aristotle, Buddhism, Coffee, Danube River, Ecofeminism, Eden, Environmental ethics, Free trade, Germany, Global warming, Pleistocene overkill, Snail darter, Trans-Alaska pipeline, and Wilderness.

The text is augmented by 20 maps and more than 100 photographs. Some 115 sidebars provide engaging supplemental material, including extracts from historical documents, firsthand accounts, ethnographic accounts, environmental literature, poetry, and religious traditions. Suggestions for further reading accompany each article. Although the index to this otherwise excellent encyclopedia is adequate, it could use some improvement. For example, the index heading doves, house should be dove, rock. Two pages are listed in the index for Arne Naess, but references to him in the article on deep ecology, of which he is a prominent philosopher, are missed. Further, the index does not indicate main entries.

Environmental history should be of great interest to anyone concerned with our present global environmental dilemmas. The Encyclopedia of World Environmental History is a worthwhile investment for those in need of a scholarly reference source on this timely topic as there are no other single works that provide comparable breadth and authoritative coverage. It is recommended for academic, public, and special libraries. RBB
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