Globalization, Environmental Change, and Social History

Globalization, Environmental Change, and Social History

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Throughout all ages, the activities of mankind have weighed heavily upon the environment. In turn, changes in that environment have favoured the rise of certain social groups and limited the actions of others. Despite this, environmental history has remained a 'blind spot' for most social and economic historians. This is to be regretted, as the various and unequal effects of environmental change often explain the strengths and weaknesses of certain social groups, irrespective of their being defined along the lines of class, gender and ethnicity. This volume brings together the expertise of social and environmental historians in an effort to assess the extent to which transnational agents changed socioecological space as a consequence of globalization since the Late Middle Ages.The introduction of these crops was preceded by the largescale and rapid deforestation of the islands; the ... The essay by Horan takes the story up on the eighteenth-century Caribbean sugar plantations, where the slave population was nowanbsp;...

Title:Globalization, Environmental Change, and Social History
Author: Peter Boomgaard, Marjolein 't Hart
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2011-02-24

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