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Civilizations : Culture, Ambition, and the Transformation of Nature - 01 edition

Civilizations : Culture, Ambition, and the Transformation of Nature (ISBN10: 074320249X; ISBN13: 9780743202497)
ISBN13: 978-0743202497
ISBN10: 074320249X

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ISBN13: 978-0743202480
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Summary: Erudite, wide-ranging, a work of dazzling scholarship written with extraordinary flair, Civilizations redefines the subject that has fascinated historians from Thucydides to Gibbon to Spengler to Fernand Braudel: the nature of civilization. To the author, Oxford historian Felipe Fernández-Armesto, a society's relationship to climate, geography, and ecology are paramount in determining its degree of success. ''Unlike previous attempts to write the comparative history of civilization ...show mores,'' he writes, ''it is arranged environment by environment, rather than period by period or society by society.'' Thus, for example, tundra civilizations of Ice Age Europe are linked with those of the Inuit of the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi Mound Builders with the deforesters of eleventh-century Europe. Civilizations brilliantly connects the world of ecologist, geologist, and geographer with the panorama of cultural history. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 01
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Touchstone Books
Published: 06/04/2002
International: No

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