Nature and Power: A Global History of the Environment - Publications of the German Historical Institute (Hardback)
  • Nature and Power: A Global History of the Environment - Publications of the German Historical Institute (Hardback)
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Nature and Power: A Global History of the Environment - Publications of the German Historical Institute (Hardback)

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Hardback 450 Pages / Published: 11/02/2008
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This book aims to demonstrate that the changing relationship between humanity and nature is key to understanding world history. Humans have been grappling with environmental problems since prehistoric times, and the environmental unsustainability of human practices has often been a decisive, if not immediately evident, shaping factor in history. The measures that societies and states have adopted to stabilize the relationship between humans and the natural world have repeatedly contributed to environmental crises over the course of history. Nature and Power traces the expanding scope of environmental action: from initiatives undertaken by individual villages and cities, environmental policy has become a global concern. Efforts to steer human use of nature and natural resources have become complicated, as Nature and Power shows, by particularities of culture and by the vagaries of human nature itself. Environmental history, the author argues, is ultimately the history of human hopes and fears.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521851299
Number of pages: 450
Weight: 810 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 25 mm


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"Joachim Radkau's Nature and Power offers the best overview of world environmental history available in the English language. Radkau has an independent cast of mind and an uncanny ability to focus on the 'hot' topics in the global environmental field. His perspective is always fresh and insightful, even when he is taking the reader down well-trodden paths." - Mark Cioc, University of California, Santa Cruz
"Americans may have invented the field of environmental history, but today some of the most ambitious work is coming from outside the country, offering provocative new approaches and perspectives. Joachim Radkau joins that international band of innovative historians with this extraordinary work of global synthesis. It is bold, opinionated, and important." - Donald Worster, University of Kansas
"...an indispensable addition to library collections on environmental history. Essential." -Choice
"A review like this cannot do justice to the richness of Radkau's account of world environmental history. And it is perhaps the richness, the diversity, and the complexity of this account that will be this book's most important legacy to world environmental history." - David Christian
"Radkau has crafted a book of extraordinary scope by building on regional environmental histories as well as earlier world histories...Thomas Dunlap translated Nature and Power for this English edition, and his translation is virtually flawless, providing exquisite prose that never reveals that the ideas originated in a different language." World History Bulletin, Kim Little, University of Central Arkansas

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