Nature and Power
A Global History of the Environment
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Nature and Power by Joachim Radkau
Book DescriptionThis book aims to demonstrate that the changing relationship between humanity and nature is key to understanding world history. Humans have been grappling with environmental problems since prehistoric times, and the environmental unsustainability of human practices has often been a decisive, if not immediately evident, shaping factor in history. The measures that societies and states have adopted to stabilize the relationship between humans and the natural world have repeatedly contributed to environmental crises over the course of history. Nature and Power traces the expanding scope of environmental action: from initiatives undertaken by individual villages and cities, environmental policy has become a global concern. Efforts to steer human use of nature and natural resources have become complicated, as Nature and Power shows, by particularities of culture and by the vagaries of human nature itself. Environmental history, the author argues, is ultimately the history of human hopes and fears.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521616737
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 4-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Joachim Radkau
Age of Ecology, Paperback (February 2014)
This major new book is the first global history of environmentalism, from its origins in the late 18th century to the global environmental movements of today. The book is very clear and accessible, and is richly illustrated with examples from around the world.
Max Weber, Paperback (March 2011)
* * This is the first major biography of Max Weber to appear in more than 80 years. * Radkau was able to make use of previously unavailable source material, including the extensive correspondence of Max Weber and that of his wife, Marianne Weber.
Nature and Power, Hardback (February 2008)» View all books by Joachim Radkau
Nature and Power explores the interaction between humanity and the natural environment from prehistoric times to the present.
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Author Biography - Joachim Radkau
Joachim Radkau is Associate Professor of History at Universitat Bielefeld in Germany. His books include Deutsche Industrie und Politik von Bismarck bis zur Gegenwart (1974). Holz: Ein Naturstoff in der Technikgeschichte (in collaboration with Ingrid Schafer, 1987), Das Zeitalter der Nervositat: Deutschland zwischen Bismarck und Hitler (1998), and the biography of Max Weber, Die Leidenschaft des Denkens (2005).
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