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Global Environmental History: 10,000 BC to AD 2000

Ian Simmons


In the last 12,000 years, human societies have moved through phases of forager, agricultural, industrial and ‘post-industrial’ economies. Each of these has been affected by the natural world and in turn has changed the workings of the non-human or ‘natural’ components of this planet. For each of these phases the author discusses questions of population growth and distribution together with the technologies available to the human groups of the time. Overall there is no doubt about the central role of access to energy flows and storage in making possible the life ways of many diverse groups. In ... More

Keywords: Energy flows, Population growth, Perception, Representation, Global, Holocene

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748621583
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621583.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Simmons, author