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The Danish Revolution, 1500-1800: An Ecohistorical Interpretation - Studies in Environment and History (Hardback)
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The Danish Revolution, 1500-1800: An Ecohistorical Interpretation - Studies in Environment and History (Hardback)

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Hardback 332 Pages / Published: 25/11/1994
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This book tells the story of a fertile European country that, as a result of over population and military armament, over exploited its fields and forests in a non-sustainable fashion. By the eighteenth century Denmark, along with other European countries, found itself in an ecological crisis involving clear felling of forests, sand drift, floods, inadequate soil fertilization and cattle disease. This crisis was overcome by a green biotechnological revolution that changed the whole pattern of agriculture, and by the abandonment of wood as a raw material and source of energy in favour of coal and iron. This book outlines the background of the present-day ecological crisis, both in the industrial world and in developing countries, and attempts to understand early modern Europe from a consistently ecological viewpoint.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521442671
Number of pages: 332
Weight: 660 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The author presents a great number of data to support his theses, and this reviewer is convinced that Kjaergaard is on the right track. It is to be hoped, that scholars outside Denmark will read the book and make it part of a fruitful debate on an ecohistorical interpretation of history. It deserves it." Sixteenth Century Journal
"...a persuasive case for an ecological interpretation--a conclusion supported by an impressive body of primary evidence, as well as chronological logic." John D. Post, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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