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Bloomsbury Academic
13 December 2018
Studies of the history of international relations traditionally have focused on the decisions made by those at the highest levels of government. In more recent years, scholars have expanded their attention to cover economic, cultural, or social interactions among nations. What has remained largely ignored, however, is the impact of an increasingly-interdependent world upon the environment and, conversely, how environmental concerns have affected the ecology, social relationships, economics, and politics at national, regional, and global levels. The Environment and International History fills this gap, looking at the interrelationship between international politics and the environment. Using a transnational and interdisciplinary approach, this book examines how imperialism, war, and a divergence of interests between the developed and underdeveloped world all have had implications for plants, animals, and humans worldwide.
By:   Scott Kaufman (Francis Marion University USA)
Edited by:   Thomas Zeiler (George Washington University USA)
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   348g
ISBN:   9781472525055
ISBN 10:   1472525051
Series:   New Approaches to International History
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   13 December 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Preface 1 Anthropocentric Environmentalism 2 From War through War 3 Cold War, Science, and the Environment 4 Silent Spring, Stockholm, and the North-South Divide 5 Creating Regimes 6 The Anthropocene Epoch? Conclusion: Accomplishments and Challenges Notes Index

Scott Kaufman is Professor of History at Francis Marion University, USA.

Reviews for The Environment and International History

Scott Kaufman's book offers a concise, fast-paced tour through the development and acceleration of both humanity's devastation of the natural world, and our collective efforts to combat this destruction. Helpfully addressing marine, terrestrial, and avian species, and spanning developments in war and politics, Kaufman lays out an unmistakable historical arc: as human impacts have grown more severe, culminating in global impacts from climate change and rising extinction rates, so have concerted international efforts to minimize harm and protect nature. Kaufman's book is a clear, well-researched text that will appeal to students of all ages. * Rebecca H. Pincus, Assistant Professor of Strategic and Operational Research, Naval War College, USA * Sweeping and accessible, The Environment and International History provides a concise and compelling survey of nature conservation efforts on a global scale. Kaufman clearly demonstrates the centrality of international diplomacy to modern environmental protection as well as the importance of science, non-governmental activism, and geopolitics in environmental decision making. Recommended for course adoption and general readership alike. * Lisa M. Brady, Professor of History, Boise State University, USA *


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