Environmental history

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Environmental history is an interdisciplinary pursuit that has developed as a form of conscience to counter an increasingly powerful, forward-looking liberal theory of the environment. It deals with the relations between environmental ideas and materialities, from the work of the geographers George Perkins Marsh, Carl Sauer, and Clarence Glacken, to more recent global-scale assessments of the impact of the “great acceleration” since 1950. Today’s “runaway world” paradoxically embraces risk management in an attempt to determine its own future whilst generating a whole new category of “manufactured risks”. These are exposed by environmental history’s focus on long-run analysis and its narrative form that identifies the stories that we tell ourselves about nature. How a better understanding of past environmental transformations helps to analyse society and agency, and what this can mean for solutions and policies, is the agenda for an engaged environmental history from now on.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelThe International Encyclopedia of Geography : People, the Earth, Environment and Technology
RedaktørerDouglas Richardson, Noel Castree, Michael F. Goodchild, Audrey L. Kobayashi, Weidong Liu, Richard Marston
Antal sider14
ForlagWiley
Publikationsdatomar. 2017
Sider1-14
ISBN (Trykt)978-0-470-65963-2
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781118786352
DOI
StatusUdgivet - mar. 2017

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