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Encyclopedia of World Environmental History (review)

Encyclopedia of World Environmental History (review) Book Reviews Encyclopedia of World Environmental History, 3 vols. Edited by shepard krech iii, j. r. mcneill, and carolyn merchant. New York: Routledge, 2004. 1,429 + xlvi pp. $525.48. In their introduction (p. x) the editors rightly emphasize that since 1970 an "explosion of scholarship" on environmental history has taken place. But until recently, this scholarship has been widely scattered among different regions, nations, and disciplines. What we therefore need today is an implosion that brings together this dispersed knowledge in order to arouse intellectual chain reactions. This encyclopedia, the first of its kind in the world and a bold and admirable undertaking composed during a remarkably short time, is a big step forward in this direction. It is a highly useful handbook not only for environmental historians, but for environmentalists as well. Environmentalists often believe that they think globally, but in reality most do not. Here they have a chance to gain a truly global perspective and to realize that there is not only one environmentalism, but a multitude of environmentalisms in the world (p. 480). Many articles in the encyclopedia are written in a spirit of solidarity with environmentalism, but without dogmatic commitment to any one http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Encyclopedia of World Environmental History (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 16 (1)

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Book Reviews Encyclopedia of World Environmental History, 3 vols. Edited by shepard krech iii, j. r. mcneill, and carolyn merchant. New York: Routledge, 2004. 1,429 + xlvi pp. $525.48. In their introduction (p. x) the editors rightly emphasize that since 1970 an "explosion of scholarship" on environmental history has taken place. But until recently, this scholarship has been widely scattered among different regions, nations, and disciplines. What we therefore need today is an implosion that brings together this dispersed knowledge in order to arouse intellectual chain reactions. This encyclopedia, the first of its kind in the world and a bold and admirable undertaking composed during a remarkably short time, is a big step forward in this direction. It is a highly useful handbook not only for environmental historians, but for environmentalists as well. Environmentalists often believe that they think globally, but in reality most do not. Here they have a chance to gain a truly global perspective and to realize that there is not only one environmentalism, but a multitude of environmentalisms in the world (p. 480). Many articles in the encyclopedia are written in a spirit of solidarity with environmentalism, but without dogmatic commitment to any one

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

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