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The Resource Back to the garden : nature and the Mediterranean world from prehistory to the present, James H.S. McGregor

Back to the garden : nature and the Mediterranean world from prehistory to the present, James H.S. McGregor

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Back to the garden : nature and the Mediterranean world from prehistory to the present
Title
Back to the garden
Title remainder
nature and the Mediterranean world from prehistory to the present
Statement of responsibility
James H.S. McGregor
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The garden was the cultural foundation of the early Mediterranean peoples; they acknowledged their reliance on and kinship to the land, and they understood nature through the lens of their diversely cultivated landscape. Their image of the garden underwrote the biblical book of Genesis and the region's three major religions. In this important melding of cultural and ecological histories, James H. S. McGregor suggests that the environmental crisis the world faces today is a result of Western society's abandonment of the "First Nature" principle--of the harmonious interrelationship of human communities and the natural world. The author demonstrates how this relationship, which persisted for millennia, effectively came to an end in the late eighteenth century, when "nature" came to be equated with untamed landscape devoid of human intervention. McGregor's essential work offers a new understanding of environmental accountability while proposing that recovering the original vision of ourselves, not as antagonists of nature but as cultivators of a biological world to which we innately belong, is possible through proven techniques of the past.--
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1946-
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McGregor, James H.
Dewey number
304.2091822
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Human ecology
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Mediterranean Region
  • Mediterranean Region
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Back to the garden : nature and the Mediterranean world from prehistory to the present, James H.S. McGregor
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-353) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction : How did we get here? -- Part I. Forging First Nature. 1. The Paleolithic landscape ; 2. Neolithic revolutions ; 3. The spread of farming culture ; 4. Uruk and Egypt, the great powers ; 5. The primacy of landscape in West Asia ; 6. Mediterranean trade and regional cooperation -- Part II. Perseverance and Attack. 7. The Greek link between landscape and cosmology ; 8. Roman agriculture : three case studies ; 9. Medieval Christian ecological understanding ; 10. Muslim ecological understanding ; 11. Renaissance landscape and food ; 12. Mechanistic models and romantic wilderness -- Part III. Age of Crisis. 13. Silence, loss, and catastrophe ; 14. The modern Mediterranean -- Conclusion : What is to be done?
Control code
FIEb17678304
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 366 pages
Isbn
9780300197464
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)877369835
Label
Back to the garden : nature and the Mediterranean world from prehistory to the present, James H.S. McGregor
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-353) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction : How did we get here? -- Part I. Forging First Nature. 1. The Paleolithic landscape ; 2. Neolithic revolutions ; 3. The spread of farming culture ; 4. Uruk and Egypt, the great powers ; 5. The primacy of landscape in West Asia ; 6. Mediterranean trade and regional cooperation -- Part II. Perseverance and Attack. 7. The Greek link between landscape and cosmology ; 8. Roman agriculture : three case studies ; 9. Medieval Christian ecological understanding ; 10. Muslim ecological understanding ; 11. Renaissance landscape and food ; 12. Mechanistic models and romantic wilderness -- Part III. Age of Crisis. 13. Silence, loss, and catastrophe ; 14. The modern Mediterranean -- Conclusion : What is to be done?
Control code
FIEb17678304
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 366 pages
Isbn
9780300197464
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)877369835

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