Themes in environmental history seriesThe sixth volume in the reader series, ‘Themes in Environmental History’.
Comprising essays selected from Environment and History and Environmental Values, these inexpensive paperbacks address important aspects of environmental history through theoretical essays and case studies. The readers are attracting increasing interest from course-organisers. Farming examines ‘the link between the landscape and nutrition’, the complex set of factors by which food production results from human knowledge of, interaction with and attempted mastery of the natural environment. The story of farming, very broadly, is one of evolution from subsistence to industrialisation, an evolution which – as the present volume explores, taking its cases from such diverse times and places as the pre-modern Alps, colonial Brazil and twentieth century Australia – has often severely challenged ecological and cultural equilibrium.