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Deforesting the Earth: From Prehistory to Global Crisis, an Abridgment

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“Anyone who doubts the power of history to inform the present should read this closely argued and sweeping survey. This is rich, timely, and sobering historical fare written in a measured, non-sensationalist style by a master of his craft. One only hopes (almost certainly vainly) that todays policymakers take its lessons to heart.”—Brian Fagan, Los Angeles Times 

Published in 2002, Deforesting the Earth was a landmark study of the history and geography of deforestation. Now available as an abridgment, this edition retains the breadth of the original while rendering its arguments accessible to a general readership.  

Deforestation—the thinning, changing, and wholesale clearing of forests for fuel, shelter, and agriculture—is among the most important ways humans have transformed the environment. Surveying ten thousand years to trace human-induced deforestations effect on economies, societies, and landscapes around the world, Deforesting the Earth is the preeminent history of this process and its consequences. 

Beginning with the return of the forests after the ice age to Europe, North America, and the tropics, Michael Williams traces the impact of human-set fires for gathering and hunting, land clearing for agriculture, and other activities from the Paleolithic age through the classical world and the medieval period. He then focuses on forest clearing both within Europe and by European imperialists and industrialists abroad, from the 1500s to the early 1900s, in such places as the New World, India, and Latin America, and considers indigenous clearing in India, China, and Japan.  Finally, he covers the current alarming escalation of deforestation, with our ever-increasing human population placing a potentially unsupportable burden on the worlds forests.

About the Author

Michael Williams is emeritus professor of geography and the environment at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Oriel College. He is the author, most recently, of Americans and Their Forests: A Historical Geography as well as the editor of Wetlands: A Threatened Landscape and coeditor of A Century of British Geography.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Preface

PART I - CLEARING IN THE DEEP PAST

1. The Return of the Forest

2. Fire and Foragers

3. The First Farmers

4. The Classical World

5. The Medieval World

PART II - REACHING OUT: EUROPE AND THE WIDER WORLD

6. Driving Forces and Cultural Climates, 1500-1750

7. Clearing in Europe, 1500-1750

8. The Wider World, 1500-1750

9. Driving Forces and Cultural Climates, 1750-1900

10. Clearing in the Temperate World, 1750-1920

11. Clearing in the Tropical World, 1750-1920

PART III - THE GLOBAL FOREST

12. Scares and Solutions, 1900-1944

13. The Great Onslaught, 1945-95: Dimensions of Change

14. The Great Onslaught, 1945-95: Patterns of Change

Epilogue: Backward and Forward Glances

Acknowledgments

List of Measures, Abbreviations, and Acronyms

Notes

Bibliographic Essay

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226899473
Author:
Williams, Michael
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Trees
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Deforestation
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Trees & Forests - General
Subject:
Forests and forestry -- History.
Subject:
Clearing of land - History
Subject:
Plants - Trees
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Abridged
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
33 halftones, 97 line drawings, 29 table
Pages:
561
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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