1 origins environmental history is a rather new discipline that came into being during the 1960s and 1970s it was a direct consequence of the growing awareness of worldwide environmental problems such as pollution of water and air by pesticides depletion of the ozone layer and the enhanced greenhouse effect caused by human activity. What is environmental history is a masterfully condensed overview of one of the most urgent and rapidly developing fields of history written by a scholar of classical antiquity it gracefully covers ancient medieval and modern periods with a global vision. Prophecy in environmental history is tied to narrative trajectory what stories do environmental historians tell capitalism as a standpoint provides a single narrative trajectory of environmental decline that informs environmental histories of the past as well as future environmental prophecies. It discusses history facts the bias of historians science morality individuals and society and moral judgements in history the book was originally part of a series of g m trevelyan lectures given by carr in 1961 at the university of cambridge the lectures were intended as a broad introduction into the subject of the theory of history
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