Understanding the Cultural Landscape

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Guilford Press, 2005 M01 21 - 406 pages
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This compelling book offers a fresh perspective on how the natural world has been imagined, built on, and transformed by human beings throughout history and around the globe. Coverage ranges from the earliest societies to preindustrial China and India, from the emergence in Europe of the modern world to the contemporary global economy. The focus is on what the places we have created say about us: our belief systems and the ways we make a living. Also explored are the social and environmental consequences of human activities, and how conflicts over the meaning of progress are reflected in today's urban, rural, and suburban landscapes. Written in a highly engaging style, this ideal undergraduate-level human geography text is illustrated with over 25 maps and 70 photographs.

Note: Many additional photographs related to the themes addressed in the book are available at the author's website (www.greatmirror.com.)
 

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Contents

CHAPTER
1
Country
9
Cover lower left
16
CHAPTER 4
33
CHAPTER 5
43
CHAPTER 7
61
CHAPTER 8
81
CHAPTER 9
98
Pollution Biodiversity and Climate Change
281
READING LANDSCAPES
305
American Cities
307
Rangoon
313
Rural America
331
Cities Abroad
346
Countrysides Abroad
366
Sources of Quotations
378

33
138
Northern India
144
SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES
209
Romantic Responses
211
Political Reactions
224
Conservation Natural Resources and Population
258
LIVELIHOODS TODAY
381
Books and Articles Cited or Quoted
391
Index
397
About the Author 406
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Bret Wallach teaches geography at the University of Oklahoma. A MacArthur Fellow, he has previously published At Odds with Progress: Conservation and Americans and Losing Asia: Modernization and the Culture of Development. He is presently working on a book about the rural landscapes of Eurasia.

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