The Human Footprint: A Global Environmental History

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The Human Footprint is a global, thematic, and multi-disciplinary history of the planet, from its earliest origins to its current condition. Avoiding conventional narratives and using the latest research in a diverse range of fields, Penna brings harmony to human history and ecology and provides a fresh, much-needed narrative of world history.

  • Provides a comprehensive, global look at the history of the earth from the Paleolithic to the present era
  • Uses a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on the most recent research in geology, climatology, evolutionary biology, archaeology, anthropology, history, demography and the social and physical sciences
  • Each chapter expands on a single theme, including human evolution, the invention of agriculture and its global impact, population growth, urbanization, manufacturing, consumption, industrialization, and energy use

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The Human Footprint is an innovative and accessible study of transnational environmental history, which uses broad themes to highlight the long and rich history of the earth.

Offering a coherent, comparative examination of the world's past, Penna's multidisciplinary approach draws on the most recent research in geology, climatology, archaeology, anthropology, and history. Flowing from the Paleolithic to the present era, each chapter contains a single theme, ranging from the global impact of agriculture and urbanization, to manufacturing, consumption, and industrialization.

In recognizing how humans have fit into this history of the earth, The Human Footprint brings harmony to human history and ecology, providing a fresh, much-needed narrative of world history.

About the Author:

Anthony N. Penna has taught at Carnegie-Mellon University and Northeastern University, where he has been teaching North American and Global Environmental history courses since 1990. He is the author of Nature’s Bounty: Historical and Modern Environmental Perspectives (1999), and he is co-editor of Remaking Boston: An Environmental History of the City and Its Surroundings (2009).

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