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Author Williams, Michael, 1935-2009.

Title Deforesting the Earth : From Prehistory to Global Crisis
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2003


Description 1 online resource (563 pages)
Contents Contents; Illustrations; Preface; Part I: Clearing in the Deep Past; 1. The Return of the Forest; 2. Fire and Foragers; 3. The First Farmers; 4. The Classical World; 5. The Medieval World; Part II: Reaching Out: Europe and the Wider World; 6. Driving Forces and Cultural Climates, 15001750; 7. Clearing in Europe, 15001750; 8. The Wider World, 15001750; 9. Driving Forces and Cultural Climates, 17501900; 10. Clearing in the Temperate World, 17501920; 11. Clearing in the Tropical World, 17501920; Part III: The Global Forest; 12. Scares and Solutions, 19001944
13. The Great Onslaught, 194595: Dimensions of Change14. The Great Onslaught, 19451995: Patterns of Change; Epilogue: Backward and Forward Glances; Acknowledgments; List of Measures, Abbreviations, and Acronyms; Notes; Bibliographic Essay; Index
Summary Since humans first appeared on the earth, we've been cutting down trees for fuel and shelter. Indeed, the thinning, changing, and wholesale clearing of forests are among the most important ways humans have transformed the global environment. With the onset of industrialization and colonization the process has accelerated, as agriculture, metal smelting, trade, war, territorial expansion, and even cultural aversion to forests have all taken their toll. Michael Williams surveys ten thousand years of history to trace how, why, and when human-induced deforestation has shaped economies, societies, a
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Forests and forestry -- History
Clearing of land -- History
Deforestation -- History
Clearing of land.
Forests and forestry.
Desmatamento (história)
Influence de l'homme sur la nature.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2001007754
ISBN 9780226899053