Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World: A Global Ecological History

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$34.99  $32.19
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
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Pages
416
Dimensions
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.93 inches | 1.34 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781107655966

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About the Author

Gregory T. Cushman is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Kansas, where he teaches courses on international environmental history. He works closely with environmental scientists in interdisciplinary research and teaching and has published a number of articles on climate history and the history of climate science. He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2007.

Reviews

"Gregory Cushman pursues this thought experiment with utterly magnificent results."
Frederick R. Davis, Science
"Central themes are clearly articulated in this carefully researched and well-crafted work. These include the importance of the Pacific world to the history of Australia, Japan, and the Americas; the emergence of the modern Pacific world; the "agency of nature" in that process; the link between the Pacific Islands and the Industrial Revolution; the "cultural influence" of resulting transformations; the 'experts' who caused ensuing problems; and ethical consequences. This global ecological study succeeds admirably in detailing the last two hundred years."
R. Scaglion, Choice
"Diligently pursuing research in archives, and reading aggressively across disciplines, Cushman has delivered a majestic overview of not just a coastal resource, but of the emergence of the modern world in ecological terms."
Journal of Historical Geography
" scholars everywhere will find this a highly intelligent and provocative book, well worth reading and pondering."
Paul Gootenberg, The Americas"
" the book includes some striking stories and challenging observations, and in the end it draws a compelling conclusion."
Sam White, Technology and Culture"
"This remarkable book covers tremendous ground. Drawing on archival research in three languages over four continents and an enviable command of both the history and science of the environment, Gregory T. Cushman makes a compelling case that guano fundamentally shaped global economic development writ large. This is therefore an important book."
Ariel Ron, Journal of American History
" [an] impressively vast book, which follows guano through time and space and intertwines environmental, social, intellectual, economic and climate histories with the history of colonialism, science, migration and global development The book is all the more noteworthy as, despite the massive breadth of the book s subject matter, Cushman remains attentive to the people in this history. The book introduces numerous individuals, from explorers, scientific experts, technocrats and colonial administrators through to the workers who mined the guano, nitrates and phosphates and members of the island nations displaced by the mining. All round, this is one of the most impressive books published in the emerging field of global environmental history."
Jim Clifford, Reviews in History"
"Cushman traces multiple overlapping stories - he elaborates a sevenfold argument in the introduction - and his approach offers a pioneering model for future studies whose subjects cannot be contained by traditional conceptual (or physical) boundaries. ... [A] provocative example of what global environmental history can be, both broad in its geographical and temporal reach and firmly anchored in local histories and rich archival sources culled from research on several continents. Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World makes a vital contribution to Peruvian historiography, Pacific world studies, and the history of conservation."
Hispanic American Historical Review
..". scholars everywhere will find this a highly intelligent and provocative book, well worth reading and pondering."
Paul Gootenberg, The Americas
..". the book includes some striking stories and challenging observations, and in the end it draws a compelling conclusion."
Sam White, Technology and Culture
..". [an] impressively vast book, which follows guano through time and space and intertwines environmental, social, intellectual, economic and climate histories with the history of colonialism, science, migration and global development ... The book is all the more noteworthy as, despite the massive breadth of the book's subject matter, Cushman remains attentive to the people in this history. The book introduces numerous individuals, from explorers, scientific experts, technocrats and colonial administrators through to the workers who mined the guano, nitrates and phosphates and members of the island nations displaced by the mining. All round, this is one of the most impressive books published in the emerging field of global environmental history."
Jim Clifford, Reviews in History
"This is as much an environmental history, as it is the history of environmental thought in the Pacific basin. Cushman is an excellent writer, bringing in a variety of perspectives, from scientists, environmental evangelists, politicians, economists and commodity traders, as well as island populations and bird-watchers, going so far as to imagine the perspective of the guano-producing birds themselves. In the hands of a less-talented writer this might have become quite confusing, but instead the persona (and animal) perspectives help anchor and reinforce the tight knit of humankind's relationship with its environment."
Juliette Levy, EH.net