Summaries of the Contributions and a Few Considerations

  • I. Peter MartiniEmail author
  • Ward Chesworth

Cultural, sociological and political factors determine the nature of human societies, but the environment clearly played a dominant role in our early histories and continues to influence society. The objective of this book is to examine this important factor in our history, not only from the standpoint of how the environment influences humanity, but also from the perspective of how we affect the environment. A case history approach is taken with revealing examples chosen to cover prehistoric to recent times. Particular attention is paid to the ways in which societies modified their territories in response to changing conditions—matter of some topicality now.

Meaning of the terms landscape and society are considered in more detail in the next chapter. For present purposes landscape will be taken to mean a geological/geomorphologic/environmental entity within the terrestrial biosphere possessing attributes dependent on climate, hydrology, soils, organisms and historical development....


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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