Global Environmental History

An Introductory Reader
McNeill, John R.
Roe, Alan
Date published: 
November 2012

Global Environmental History introduces this rapidly developing field through a broad and thought-provoking range of expert contributions. The collection begins with a series of chapters offering truly global visions; they range from reflections on the role of animals in environmental history to an overview of environmental change over the past ten millennia. Featuring essays that characterize the distinctiveness of certain key regions such as China, Russia, West Africa, South Asia, Europe, and Latin America, the book then finishes by examining different forms of modern environmentalism, ranging from the U.S. and its fascination with wilderness, to Japanese concern with human health, and on to Peru and India, where the environmental debate centres on access to resources.