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The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History

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Since before recorded history, people have congregated near water. But as growing populations around the globe continue to flow toward the coasts on an unprecedented scale and climate change raises water levels, our relationship to the sea has begun to take on new and potentially catastrophic dimensions. The latest generation of coastal dwellers lives largely in ignorance of the history of those who came before them, the natural environment, and the need to live sustainably on the worldandrsquo;s shores. Humanity has forgotten how to live with the oceans.
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In The Human Shore, a magisterial account of 100,000 years of seaside civilization, John R. Gillis recovers the coastal experience from its origins among the people who dwelled along the African shore to the bustle and glitz of todayandrsquo;s megacities and beach resorts. He takes readers from discussion of the possible coastal location of the Garden of Eden to the ancient communities that have existed along beaches, bays, and bayous since the beginning of human society to the crucial role played by coasts during the age of discovery and empire. An account of the mass movement of whole populations to the coasts in the last half-century brings the story of coastal life into the present.
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Along the way, Gillis addresses humankindandrsquo;s changing relationship to the sea from an environmental perspective, laying out the history of the making and remaking of coastal landscapesandmdash;the creation of ports, the draining of wetlands, the introduction and extinction of marine animals, and the invention of the beachandmdash;while giving us a global understanding of our relationship to the water. Learned and deeply personal, The Human Shore is more than a history: it is the story of a space that has been central to the attitudes, plans, and existence of those who live and dream at landandrsquo;s end.

About the Author

John R.and#160;Gillis is the author of Islands of the Mind; Aand#160;World of Their Own Making:and#160;Myth Ritual, and the Quest for Familyand#160;Values; and Commemorations. A professor of history emeritus at Rutgers University, he now divides his time between two coasts:and#160;Northern California and Maine.

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Acknowledgments

Introduction

1and#160;An Alternative to Eden

2and#160;Coasts of the Ancient Mariner

3and#160;Sea Frontiers of the Early Modern Atlantic

4and#160;Settling the Shores

5and#160;Second Discovery of the Sea

6and#160;Coastal Dreams and Nightmares

Conclusion and#160;Learning to Live with Coasts

Notes

Index

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Interesting review at Atlantic Cities by Sarah Goodyear.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780226922232
Author:
Gillis, John R.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-European History General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
50 halftones
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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