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Since around 1500 C.E., humans have shaped the global environment in ways that were previously unimaginable. Bringing together leading environmental historians and world historians, this book offers an overview of global environmental history throughout this remarkable 500-year period. In eleven essays, the contributors examine the connections between environmental change and other major topics of early modern and modern world history: population growth, commercialization, imperialism, industrialization, the fossil fuel revolution, and more. Rather than attributing environmental change largely to European science, technology, and capitalism, the essays illuminate a series of culturally distinctive, yet often parallel developments arising in many parts of the world, leading to intensified exploitation of land and water.

The wide range of regional studiesand#151;including some in Russia, China, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Southern Africa, and Western Europeand#151;together with the book's broader thematic essays makes The Environment and World History ideal for courses that seek to incorporate the environment and environmental change more fully into a truly integrative understanding of world history.

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and#147;An impressive achievement by a masterful historian. The book stands as the single most authoritative text on irrigation development in the Indus River basin from the nineteenth century to the present.and#8221;and#151;David Ludden, author of India and South Asia: A Short History

and#147;A clear, compelling, and carefully documented study. It will inspire students and scholars beyond South Asian studies and the modern history of colonial encounters.and#8221;and#151;K. Sivaramakrishnan, Professor of Anthropology, Yale University

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The Indus basin was once an arid pastoral watershed, but by the second half of the twentieth century, it had become one of the worldand#8217;s most heavily irrigated and populated river basins. Launched under British colonial rule in the nineteenth century, this irrigation project spurred political, social, and environmental transformations that continued after the 1947 creation of the new states of India and Pakistan. In this first large-scale environmental history of the region, David Gilmartin focuses on the changes that occurred in the basin as a result of the implementation of the worldand#8217;s largest modern integrated irrigation system. This masterful work of scholarship explores how environmental transformation is tied to the creation of communities and nations, focusing on the intersection of politics, statecraft, and the environment.

About the Author

Edmund Burke III is Professor, Presidental Chair, and Director of the Center for World History at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and coeditor, with David N. Yaghoubian, of Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East (second editon, UC Press). Kenneth Pomeranz is Chancellor's Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, and author of The Great Divergence, among other books.

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Maps, and Tables

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part One: Overview

1. Introduction: World History and Environmental History

Kenneth Pomeranz

2. The Big Story: Human History, Energy Regimes, and the Environment

Edmund Burke III

3. Toward a Global System of Property Rights in Land

John F. Richards

Part Two: Rivers, Regions, and Developmentalism

4. The Transformation of the Middle Eastern Environment, 1500 B.C.E.-2 C.E.

Edmund Burke III

5. The Transformation of China's Environment, 1500-2

Kenneth Pomeranz

6. The Rhine as a World River

Mark Cioc

7. Continuity and Transformation: Colonial Rice Frontiers and Their Environmental Impact on the Great River Deltas of Mainland Southeast Asia

Michael Adas

Part Three: Landscapes, Conquests, Communities, and the Politics of Knowledge

8. Beyond the Colonial Paradigm: African History and Environmental History in Large-Scale Perspective

William Beinart

9. Environmental Histories of India: Of States, Landscapes, and Ecologies

Mahesh Rangarajan

10. Latin American Environmental History: A Shifting Old/New Field

Lise Sedrez

11. The Predatory Tribute-Taking State: A Framework for Understanding Russian Environmental History

Douglas R. Weiner

Select Bibliography

List of Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520256880
Author:
Burke, Edmund, Iii (edt)
Publisher:
University of California Press
Editor:
Burke, Edmund, III
Editor:
Pomeranz, Kenneth
Author:
Burke, Edmund
Author:
Pomeranz, Kenneth
Author:
Burke, Edmund, III
Author:
Gilmartin, David
Author:
Burke III, Edmund
Author:
Edmund Burke III
Subject:
Environmental sciences
Subject:
History
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Environmental sciences -- History.
Subject:
Historical geography
Subject:
Human ecology -- History.
Subject:
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- History.
Subject:
World
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
India
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
California World History Library
Series Volume:
09
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 maps, 1 black and white
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.3 in

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and#147;An impressive achievement by a masterful historian. The book stands as the single most authoritative text on irrigation development in the Indus River basin from the nineteenth century to the present.and#8221;and#151;David Ludden, author of India and South Asia: A Short History

and#147;A clear, compelling, and carefully documented study. It will inspire students and scholars beyond South Asian studies and the modern history of colonial encounters.and#8221;and#151;K. Sivaramakrishnan, Professor of Anthropology, Yale University

"Synopsis" by ,
The Indus basin was once an arid pastoral watershed, but by the second half of the twentieth century, it had become one of the worldand#8217;s most heavily irrigated and populated river basins. Launched under British colonial rule in the nineteenth century, this irrigation project spurred political, social, and environmental transformations that continued after the 1947 creation of the new states of India and Pakistan. In this first large-scale environmental history of the region, David Gilmartin focuses on the changes that occurred in the basin as a result of the implementation of the worldand#8217;s largest modern integrated irrigation system. This masterful work of scholarship explores how environmental transformation is tied to the creation of communities and nations, focusing on the intersection of politics, statecraft, and the environment.
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