Environmental History

Environmental History in the Making

Volume I: Explaining

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

  • Offers  insights on the past  environmental changes  that sharpen reflections to understand the present as to dream and plan a better future​
  • A multi-layered historical research crossing disciplines, methodologies and concepts from local to global scales
  • Projects environmental history as an applied science  building trust through past bad and good experiences to define policies reverting cultural and natural loss
  • The most up-to-date academic outcome of experts on environmental  history  
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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 (19 chapters)

  • Cognition and Natural Disasters: Stimulating an Environmental Historical Debate

    Pfeifer, Niki

    Pages 3-15

  • Peopling Landscapes Through Art

    Martin, Mandy

    Pages 17-30

  • The Power of Stories in the South Moresby Controversy: A Narrative Network Analysis

    Vlachos, Alexandra

    Pages 31-47

  • Exploring Environmental Literacy from a Historical Perspective: How Observations of the Arctic Natural Environment by a Nineteenth-Century Scholar Resulted in a Proposal for Establishing National Parks in the Nordic Countries

    Niemi, Seija A.

    Pages 49-69

  • Eco-fusion of Alien and Native as a New Conceptual Framework for Historical Ecology

    Rotherham, Ian D.

    Pages 73-90

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-41083-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Environmental History in the Making
Book Subtitle
Volume I: Explaining
Editors
  • Estelita Vaz
  • Cristina Joanaz de Melo
  • Lígia M. Costa Pinto
Series Title
Environmental History
Series Volume
6
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-41085-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-41085-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-41083-8
Series ISSN
2211-9019
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 357
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 b/w illustrations, 26 illustrations in colour
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