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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Environmentalism by Ramachandra Guha. A new entry in the Longman World History Series, Environmentalism: A Global History is perfect for professors who want to assign short topical paperbacks which explore global issues and movements in their world history classes. This volume will fit into the second half of World History courses which typically cover the period from to the present century. Environmental A new entry in the Longman World History Series, Environmentalism: A Global History is perfect for professors who want to assign short topical paperbacks which explore global issues and movements in their world history classes.
Environmentalism: A Global History is the first genuinely global history of environmentalism. Written by one of the foremost thinkers on ecological issues relating to South Africa, Guha has become one of the more provocative and perceptive commentators on environmentalism in its cross-cultural and global dimensions. Students will find this new text to be a lively and engaging study of ideas and debates that are central to our lives in the twentieth-first century.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Environmentalism: A Global History. Dec 02, Emily rated it did not like it. What the hell? Global history my ass! The book sets up environmentalism from a British beginning, which in itself is just wrong. There's a reason why Industrialism forced a rise of environmentalism, but it was definitely not the beginnings of environmentalism.
Many aboriginal groups are centered on the environment and creating a balance between what is needed to live and making sure there is still a supply for future generations! Then What the hell? It's a colonized history of environmentalism. View 1 comment. Aug 28, Luke rated it really liked it Shelves: history , environment , geo-global , temp-modern-late. This is a really short, fairly superficial book, but I quite enjoyed it. Much of the material I had already learned before, but it was good for jogging my memory.
Essentially, Ramachandra Guha defines "environmentalism" as a movement that looks to implement protection of the earth or the environment into state policy with the hope of ultimately conserving our planet for future generations. Under Guha's definition, "environmentalism" really never came into existence until industrialization, and This is a really short, fairly superficial book, but I quite enjoyed it. Under Guha's definition, "environmentalism" really never came into existence until industrialization, and even then it was a response to industrialization much like socialism emerged as a response to deteriorating standards of living.
Relying on this definition, Guha argues that there have been two periods of environmentalism we continue to live in the second0. The first period emerged during industrialization in Britain, when it became clear that industry had a tendency to destroy natural resources. In large part, the first wave of environmentalism emerged from the Romantic movement before spreading throughout the West and the European empires.
This first period had three different--but sometimes overlapping--environmental perspective. The first was the "back to the land" perspective, which looked to the natural world as a place of leisure, much like an Edenic paradise.
The second Guha calls "scientific environmentalism," which systematically surveyed the impact that industry had on the natural world and looked to preserve the earth for utilitarian reasons. The third was the "wilderness" perspective, exemplified above all by the United States, which sought to protect untamed and untouched lands to preserve for future generations.
The shift to the second period, Guha argues, effectively killed a large part of post-World War II optimism. Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" diverted attention to the way that the "affluent world" systematically looted the natural world of its resources.
This point of the book is significant because it is where Guha really emphasizes the "global" aspect of environmentalism. Although the "affluent" or "first" world saw the emergence of green parties, anti-nuclear protests, and environmental protection agencies, other parts of the world had different histories. Guha finds that the "second," or socialist, world was perhaps the worst at taking advantage of the earth's natural resources, as it sought to industrialize many times faster than the "first" world did.
Finally, I thought that the most interesting part of the book was the author's treatment of the "third" world. In the past, many scholars have written on the Third World, effectively arguing that there was and sometimes is no sincere environmentalist movement, given that people there are far more focused on raising themselves out of poverty than protecting the world itself.
Guha finds this argument untenable, as it is often the global poor who are most deeply affected by pollution and climate change. Instead, he cites a large number of environmentalist advocates who have, at times, been more effective than Western nations or transnational organizations e.
Guha concludes his book with a meditation on responsibility. Today, the Global North often points fingers at the Global South for its rate of industrialization. The Global South, in contrast, argues that the Global North did more to pollute the world than anywhere else and is more interested in keeping ahead of the Global South. Guha rightfully points out that there is a qualitative difference in the type of pollution taking place. While the Global South is often industrializing and a means of survival, countries in the Global North more often pollute as a way to maintain their affluence.
All this being said, another reviewer described this book as "colonized" history because it began with industrialization in Britain and did not take into account sustainable attitudes towards nature exhibited among aboriginal Australians, Native Americans, and indigenous Africans, among others. Perhaps this is true, but it seems to me that this reviewer did not read the introduction to try and figure out what Guha was trying to accomplish. Sustainability is a hallmark of all pre-modern societies, to some extent or another.
Take the Bedouins of Arabia, for example, who managed to live in some of the most hostile deserts on the planet for thousands of years see Ibrahim al-Koni's "The Bleeding of the Stone". European tribes did this as well.
So did the peoples of the Eurasian steppe Mongols, Uzbeks, Tajiks, etc. As such, this doesn't seem like quite a fair criticism, as Guha does not include these in his definition of "environmentalism. Jun 12, Jamie Barringer Ravenmount rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction. I suppose many readers of this book appreciate that it is short, but I wished it had been a bit longer. As an introduction to the history of environmentalism, this book covers a lot of ground, very quickly.
Unless one is just reading this book as a springboard for further study or to look up specific dates for a research paper, reading this book is a bit mind-numbing and exhausting, all at once.
Still, for a textbook, this was a decent book. It just annoys me buying books for classes that are no I suppose many readers of this book appreciate that it is short, but I wished it had been a bit longer.
It just annoys me buying books for classes that are not really readable, so I wish this one had a bit more context and better storytelling to make the presented facts more digestible and engaging. Interesting read but definitely not a global history of environmentalism - which is fine because I think it makes it more digestible for non-experts.
It is a collection of essays that trace the evolution of environmental thought and the progression of environmental movements in the world post-Industrial Revolution, focusing primarily on the U. This was my first foray into this topic and I certainly learned a lot. Mar 01, Abhishek Shekhar rated it it was ok. Good but misses direction Neither gives opinion not any inferences or anything. Looks like some has pulled few old books and summarized as part of school assignments.
Boring to core. Dec 25, Sagar Birkar rated it really liked it. This books essentially talks at its center the influence of two other books by American authors each of which ushered a wave in the field of environmentalism. A lovely title that suggests that the death of birds due to widespread use of DDT lead to springs growing more and more silent. The reader is taken through a journey on how the contemporary issues that This books essentially talks at its center the influence of two other books by American authors each of which ushered a wave in the field of environmentalism.
The reader is taken through a journey on how the contemporary issues that we talk about wrt environment came about to be. What I love about this book how an era post the World War 2 called "The Age of Innocence" fostered an optimism that technology will overcome environment issues. This was bought by the capitalist, communist as well as the socialist regimes of that time.
Environmentalism: A Global History
View larger. Request a copy. Additional order info. Buy this product. A new entry in the Longman World History Series, Environmentalism: A Global History is perfect for professors who want to assign short topical paperbacks which explore global issues and movements in their world history classes. This volume will fit into the second half of World History courses which typically cover the period from to the present century.