The Problem of Nature: Environment and Culture in Historical Perspective

The Problem of Nature Environment and Culture in Historical Perspective This book considers how nature in both its biological and environmental manifestations has been invoked as a dynamic force in human history It shows how historians philosophers geographers anthropo

  • Title: The Problem of Nature: Environment and Culture in Historical Perspective
  • Author: David Arnold
  • ISBN: 9780631190219
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book considers how nature in both its biological and environmental manifestations has been invoked as a dynamic force in human history It shows how historians, philosophers, geographers, anthropologists and scientists have used ideas of nature to explain the evolution of cultures, to understand cultural difference, and to justify or condemn colonization, slaveryThis book considers how nature in both its biological and environmental manifestations has been invoked as a dynamic force in human history It shows how historians, philosophers, geographers, anthropologists and scientists have used ideas of nature to explain the evolution of cultures, to understand cultural difference, and to justify or condemn colonization, slavery and racial superiority It examines the central part that ideas of environmental and biological determinism have played in theory, and describes how these ideas have served in different ways at different times as instruments of authority, identity and defiance The book shows how powerful and problematic the invocation of nature can be.

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    1. The best part of this book for me was the discussion of tropicality, and the way that wonder at nature was interwoven with a fear of it as contaminating or otherwise dangerous. It’s interesting that these attitudes exhibited a shift between the 18th and 19th-20th centuries. Also interesting was the discussion of the frontier juxtaposed with a discussion of the difference that indigenous peoples made to Latin American vs. North American history in terms of the perception of the frontier. In Nor [...]

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