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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Written by one of the foremost thinkers on ecological issues relating to South Africa, this new text offers a cross-cultural and global survey of environmental thinking and the movements it has spawned. In this brief text, Ramachandra Guha identifies commonalities and differences in environmental thinking and activism through case studies.
The experiences of areas as diverse as the United States, the former Soviet Union, China, India, Africa, and Brazil provide an excellent overview of each country's strengths and contributions. Students will find Environmentalism: A Global History to be a lively and engaging study of ideas and debates on a topic that is central to our lives in the twenty-first century. A new entry in the Longman World History Series, Environmentalism: A Global History is perfect for professors who want to assign short topical paperbacks which explore global issues and movements in their world history classes.
This volume will fit into the second half of World History courses which typically cover the period from to the present century. Environmentalism: A Global History is the first genuinely global history of environmentalism. Written by one of the foremost thinkers on ecological issues relating to South Africa, Guha has become one of the more provocative and perceptive commentators on environmentalism in its cross-cultural and global dimensions.
Students will find this new text to be a lively and engaging study of ideas and debates that are central to our lives in the twentieth-first century. Read more Read less. Amazon International Store International products have separate terms, are sold from abroad and may differ from local products, including fit, age ratings, and language of product, labeling or instructions.
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Guha divides the text into two parts. In part one, Guha focuses on three early strands of environmentalism: the back-to-the land-movement, the ideology of scientific conservation and the promotion of the wilderness idea. The back-to-the-land movement was in a sense a response to urbanization and industrialization. Guha begins part two discussing the significance of Silent Spring, the environmental debate it triggered and the rise of the modern environmental movement.
He follows this with a section on how the Global South helped shape the modern environmental movement and a discussion on socialism, democracy and environmentalism. Guha also examines the United States, Brazil, India, Germany, China, Australia and many other nations and their connections with the two waves of environmentalism.
There are definitely aspects of the environmental movement Guha left out in the text. The author omits some of the most significant environmental disasters in the United States that triggered strong public outcry, such as the Cuyahoga River catching on fire in Cleveland, Ohio in or the Exxon-Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska in Furthermore, there is very little written on Spanish-speaking Latin America in the text.
For example, there is no discussion of the Via Campesina organization, which has a strong Latin American base, although the significance of the organization has grown steadily since the publication of Environmentalism: A Global History. Despite these omissions, Guha does a commendable job presenting a concise history of environmentalism in only pages. Guha's book is a short, but very well written book about the history of the Environmentalism movement. The Industrial Revolution, which began in England, soon brought writers and intellectuals to speak out against what they saw as the destruction of the world around them and the abuse of the natural resources of the land.
Guha writes about the beginnings of American environmentalism and the need for national parks and even argues that American parks were built more for nationalistic reasons than for really wanting to preserve the lands in the United States.
The book also takes on the growing problems of "South" nations who want to grow economically and technologically while "North" nations typically very industrialized nations fear this since it will mean more pollution and more problems in the world.
The book is a good primer on the history of Environmentalism and the difficulty that nations face as the populations continue to increase while the earth's resources continue to be depleted. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.
Environmentalism: A Global History
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Written by one of the foremost thinkers on ecological issues relating to South Africa, this new text offers a cross-cultural and global survey of environmental thinking and the movements it has spawned. In this brief text, Ramachandra Guha identifies commonalities and differences in environmental thinking and activism through case studies. The experiences of areas as diverse as the United States, the former Soviet Union, China, India, Africa, and Brazil provide an excellent overview of each country's strengths and contributions.