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

Deforesting the Earth From Prehistory to Global Crisis An Abridgment 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 sensation

  • Title: Deforesting the Earth: From Prehistory to Global Crisis, An Abridgment
  • Author: MichaelWilliams
  • ISBN: 9780226899473
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 today s policymakers take its lessons to heart Brian Fagan, Los Angeles Times Published 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 today s 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 deforestation s 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 world s forests.

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    1. Michael Williams’ book, Deforesting the Earth, describes humankind’s 10,000 year raid on the planet’s forest cover. Readers are taken on a world tour of deforestation through the ages. Ports of call include Greece, Rome, China, India, the , and others. We discover the regional variations of forest mining, from the first frontier clearings to the lumber guzzling industrial societies.The saga of the forest molesters begins in the Stone Age, on an embryonic scale. Many imagine that all Native [...]

    2. Printing this massive book is what's deforesting the earth. It's really excellent history so it's worth it.

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