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Environmental History

Environmental History in the Making

Volume II: Acting

Editors: Joanaz de Melo, Cristina, Vaz, Estelita, Costa Pinto, Lígia M. (Eds.)

  • ​A major reference  in scientific research 
  • The most updated academic outcome of experts on environmental  history  
  • Studies the past, seeks to understand the present and assesses future perspectives
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About this book

This book is the product of the 2nd World Conference on Environmental History, held in Guimarães, Portugal, in 2014. It gathers works by authors from the five continents, addressing concerns raised by past events so as to provide information to help manage the present and the future. It reveals how our cultural background and examples of past territorial intervention can help to combat political and cultural limitations through the common language of environmental benefits without disguising harmful past human interventions.

Considering that political ideologies such as socialism and capitalism, as well as religion, fail to offer global paradigms for common ground, an environmentally positive discourse instead of an ecological determinism might serve as an umbrella common language to overcome blocking factors, real or invented, and avoid repeating ecological loss.

Therefore, agency, environmental speech and historical research are urgently needed in order to sustain environmental paradigms and overcome political, cultural an economic interests in the public arena.

This book intertwines reflections on our bonds with landscapes, processes of natural and scientific transfer across the globe, the changing of ecosystems, the way in which scientific knowledge has historically both accelerated destruction and allowed a better distribution of vital resources or as it, in today’s world, can offer alternatives that avoid harming those same vital natural resources: water, soil and air. In addition, it shows the relevance of cultural factors both in the taming of nature in favor of human comfort and in the role of the environment matters in the forging of cultural identities, which cannot be detached from technical intervention in the world.

In short, the book firstly studies the past, approaching it as a data set of how the environment has shaped culture, secondly seeks to understand the present, and thirdly assesses future perspectives: what to keep, what to change, and what to dream anew, considering that conventional solutions have not sufficed to protect life on our planet.

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • Agriculture and Livestock in Wetlands in the Bogota Plateau (Colombia), Eighteenth Century. Land Use and Wetland Management

    Mora Pacheco, Katherinne Giselle

    Pages 3-13

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  • Modern Urban Development and Revolution in Mexico: Hydraulic Infrastructure in Chihuahua City During the Porfiriato (1892–1911)

    Ruiz, Jaime R.

    Pages 15-31

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  • Digging into Our Whaling Past: Addressing the Portuguese Influence in the Early Modern Exploitation of Whales in the Atlantic

    Brito, Cristina (et al.)

    Pages 33-47

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  • Good Fisheries vs. Bad Fisheries: Ideological and Scientific Base for the Governmental Projects of Modernization of Russian System of Marine Harvesting in the Eighteenth Century

    Kraikovski, Alexei

    Pages 49-70

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  • Water Management and Dam Construction in the Italian South

    Rienzo, Maria Gabriella

    Pages 73-93

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Buy this book

eBook 130,89 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-41139-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 165,22 €
price for Italia (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-41137-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Environmental History in the Making
Book Subtitle
Volume II: Acting
Editors
  • Cristina Joanaz de Melo
  • Estelita Vaz
  • Lígia M. Costa Pinto
Series Title
Environmental History
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-41139-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-41139-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-41137-8
Series ISSN
2211-9019
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 376
Number of Illustrations and Tables
23 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
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