Civilizations: Culture, Ambition, and the Transformation of Nature, Paperback

de: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto


Publicat de: Free Press

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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 Fern ndez-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 civilizations," 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.

About the Author:

Felipe Fern ndez-Armesto is a Professorial Fellow of Queen Mary, University of London, and a member of the Modern History Faculty at Oxford University. He is the author of twelve books, including Millennium and Truth: A History.

Anul 2002
Autor Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
Categoria World
Cod de bare 9780743202497
Editura Free Press
Dimensiuni 234x155
ISBN 074320249X
Limba Engleza
Pagini 560
Format Brosata, Softcover

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