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The unending frontier: an environmental history of the early modern world
Richards, J.F. (2003). The unending frontier: an environmental history of the early modern world. University of California Press: Berkeley / Los Angeles / London. ISBN 978-0520246782 . 682 pp.

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Keywords
    16th century
    17th century
    18th century
    Ecology
    Globalisation
    History
    Landscapes
    Migration
    Marine

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  • Richards, J.F.

Abstract
    It was the age of exploration, the age of empire and conquest, and human beings were extending their reach―and their numbers―as never before. In the process, they were intervening in the world's natural environment in equally unprecedented and dramatic ways. A sweeping work of environmental history, The Unending Frontier offers a truly global perspective on the profound impact of humanity on the natural world in the early modern period. John F. Richards identifies four broadly shared historical processes that speeded environmental change from roughly 1500 to 1800 c.e.: intensified human land use along settlement frontiers; biological invasions; commercial hunting of wildlife; and problems of energy scarcity. The Unending Frontier considers each of these trends in a series of case studies, sometimes of a particular place, such as Tokugawa Japan and early modern England and China, sometimes of a particular activity, such as the fur trade in North America and Russia, cod fishing in the North Atlantic, and whaling in the Arctic. Throughout, Richards shows how humans―whether clearing forests or draining wetlands, transporting bacteria, insects, and livestock; hunting species to extinction, or reshaping landscapes―altered the material well-being of the natural world along with their own.

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