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Evolutionary history
Edmund Russell

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Evolutionary history
uniting history and biology to understand life on Earth
Edmund Russell

Published 2011 by Cambridge University Press in Cambridge, New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

"This book introduces a new field that unites history and biology to create a fuller understanding of the past"--

"We tend to see history and evolution springing from separate roots, one grounded in the human world and the other in the natural world. Human beings have, however, become probably the most powerful species shaping evolution today, and human-caused evolution in other species has probably been the most important force shaping human history. This book introduces readers to evolutionary history, a new field that unites history and biology to create a fuller understanding of the past than either can produce on its own. Evolutionary history can stimulate surprising new hypotheses for any field of history and evolutionary biology. How many art historians would have guessed that sculpture encouraged the evolution of tuskless elephants? How many biologists would have predicted that human poverty would accelerate animal evolution? How many military historians would have suspected that plant evolution would convert a counter-insurgency strategy into a rebel subsidy? With examples from around the globe, this book will help readers see the broadest patterns of history and the details of their own life in a new light"--

Table of Contents

1. Matters of life and death
2. Evolution's visible hands
3. Hunting and fishing
4. Eradication
5. Altering environments
6. Evolution revolution
7. Intentional evolution
8. Coevolution
9. Evolution of the industrial revolution
10. History of technology
11. Environmental history
12. Conclusion.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-209) and index.

Series
Studies in environment and history

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
576.8
Library of Congress
QH366.2 .R88 2011

The Physical Object

Pagination
xxi, 216 p. :
Number of pages
216

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25568174M
Internet Archive
evolutionaryhist00edmu
ISBN 10
0521762111, 0521745098
ISBN 13
9780521762113, 9780521745093
LC Control Number
2010037126
OCLC/WorldCat
663441285

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