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 1500 to the present century.
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.
This overview of the environmental movement is unusual in its broad scope, covering the different backgrounds, approaches, and concerns of movements in the author's native India; the US and Germany (in both of which he spent years as a research scholar on this subject); the Third World<-->including Latin America and Africa: Russia; and China (the latter features a section on the Three Gorges Dam). The discussion of the present practice of environmentalism is set against a detailed description of its philosophical roots in the works of writers like Wordsworth and Ruskin, the ideology of scientific conservation, and the wilderness movement. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)