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This volume brings to the reader the history of the alteration of environment by human action, and the reciprocal influence of the environment upon human history. The collection traces the long history of geographical shifts in human occupation, the difficult path to industrialization, theforced displacements and destruction of forests and marshes, the state-led industrialization in response to poverty, and the destruction of forests due to European colonialism etc. A set of macro- and micro-regional studies of environmental history and economic development with respect to India,China, Bangladesh, and Brazil are discussed.As a whole, this collection offers some of the best recent works at the intersection of two new sub-disciplines taking history, economics, and nature into account. Contributed by experts in the fields of sociology, history, ecology, and economics, this pioneering work is an invaluable resource for academics of all social science disciplines, environmentalists, economists, anthropologists, urban policy planners, and researchers.
Mahesh Rangarajan, Professor, Department of History, University of Delhi; Jose Augusto Padua, Professor of Environmental History at the History Department and PhD Program on Social History, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, J.R. McNeill, University Professor of History, Georgetown University.
Table of Contents
Environmental History in General and in Asia
Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire
Industrialization as a Socio-ecological Transition Process
Urban Sanitation through the Lens of Thomas Kuhn
Economic Development, Environment and Society: Reading Karl William Kapp (1910-1976)
Environmental Resources and Chinese Historical Development
Of Nature and Nationalism: Rethinking India's Nehru
European Colonialism and Tropical Forest Destruction in Brazil: The Environmental Dimension beyond Economic History
Globalization and Tribal Histories in Eastern India
From the Green Revolution to the Gene Revolution in India: 1965-2007
Migration and Ecological Consequences: the Case of Kerala, India
Policy Root in Environmental Degradation: the Case of Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh
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