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Southeast Asia [electronic resource] : an environmental history / Peter Boomgaard.

By: Boomgaard, P, 1946-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Nature and human societies: Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2007Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 377 p.) : ill., maps.ISBN: 9781851094240 (electronic bk.); 1851094245 (electronic bk.); 1851094199 (hardcover : alk. paper); 9781851094196 (hardcover : alk. paper).Subject(s): Human ecology -- Southeast Asia | Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Southeast Asia | Human beings -- Effect of environment on -- Southeast Asia | Southeast Asia -- Environmental conditions | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Human GeographyGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Southeast Asia.DDC classification: 304.20959 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction -- Before and after the arrival of humans -- Early agriculture and the metal ages -- Fifth to fifteenth centuries -- Climatic trends and fluctuations -- General overview and population growth -- State and economy -- Environmental causes and effects -- Political, demographic, and agricultural developments -- Exploitation, management, and conservation of natural resources -- Demographic, economic, and agricultural growth -- Depletion of natural resources, pollution, and environmental awareness -- Conclusion.
Summary: "Ever since the first humanlike creatures arrived some 80,000 years ago, Southeast Asia?s varied and challenging environment has helped shape the course of human destiny. From the importance of its spices to 17th-century Europeans to the jungle canopies that sheltered Communist insurgents throughout much of the 20th century, the region?s environment has often proven decisive in human affairs. Packed with key facts and analysis, Southeast Asia provides an expert guide to the complex interplay between human societies and the environment from Burma to the Philippines and from Vietnam to Indonesia. How has the environment helped shape politics, trade, and religion? What are the likely consequences of ongoing deforestation for Southeast Asia?s people and animals? This work charts the region?s environmental history from prehistory to modern times and is essential reading for students and experts alike."
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction -- Before and after the arrival of humans -- Early agriculture and the metal ages -- Fifth to fifteenth centuries -- Climatic trends and fluctuations -- General overview and population growth -- State and economy -- Environmental causes and effects -- Political, demographic, and agricultural developments -- Exploitation, management, and conservation of natural resources -- Demographic, economic, and agricultural growth -- Depletion of natural resources, pollution, and environmental awareness -- Conclusion.

"Ever since the first humanlike creatures arrived some 80,000 years ago, Southeast Asia?s varied and challenging environment has helped shape the course of human destiny. From the importance of its spices to 17th-century Europeans to the jungle canopies that sheltered Communist insurgents throughout much of the 20th century, the region?s environment has often proven decisive in human affairs. Packed with key facts and analysis, Southeast Asia provides an expert guide to the complex interplay between human societies and the environment from Burma to the Philippines and from Vietnam to Indonesia. How has the environment helped shape politics, trade, and religion? What are the likely consequences of ongoing deforestation for Southeast Asia?s people and animals? This work charts the region?s environmental history from prehistory to modern times and is essential reading for students and experts alike."

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