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Peatbogs, Plague and Potatoes: How Climate Change and Geology Shaped Scotland's History

Peatbogs, Plague and Potatoes

How Climate Change and Geology Shaped Scotland's History

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The environment is not a neutral background to human struggles for power and profit. Scotland's past is affected by these non-human factors as much as anything that man has done. The dramatic environmental consequences of volcanic eruptions, floods or drought are not the only ones to effect our lives and our history. "Climate Change, Peatbogs, Plague and Potatoes" makes Scotland's environmental history easy to understand by summarising the course of human interaction with the non-human environment. The Acts of Union, Culloden and the Highland Clearances are all human events that have all have caused unprecedented impact on the environment still being felt today. As farms, fields and hedges have been replaced by factories, roads and canals Scotland, has been transformed as have the lives of its people. This history charts Scotland's road to modernity and the environment's influential role within it.
Title Peatbogs, Plague and Potatoes
Subtitle How Climate Change and Geology Shaped Scotland's History
Author Emma Wood
ISBN 9781906307370
Binding Paperback
Author Bio Emma Wood was born in Yorkshire in 1958.After reading History at Cambridge University, she stayed on in East Anglia running a junk stall on local markets. In 1987 she moved to the Highlands and wrote Notes from the North and The Hydro Boys (2002).
Back Cover Text What can we learn from our environmental history that could help us deal with the threat of climate change in the 21st century and beyond? How could billion-year-old rocks shape the people living and farming on them today? Today climate change is seen as a result of human intervention in the natural world. Three billion years ago, the continents we know were only just beginning to form, yet we can still trace the effects of the climate of that time on our lives. Ever since humans first arrived in Scotland 14,000 years ago, the environment has dictated how we live. Emma Wood traces the history of climate change back to prehistoric times, and explores how the environment has shaped our culture, our society and our politics. Climate, geography and geology have caused wars and invasions, influenced styles of building, religion and government, and broken down social structures. From sandstorms that burried whole villages to the importance of animal dung. Wood argues that Scotland's environment has made us into the people we are today, and that to understand our current options with the threat of global warming we should look at our past.
BIC Subject The environment
BISAC Subject NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
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