Courses which deal with environmental history have long lacked a comprehensive overview. I. G. Simmons has made a significant contribution with a book that looks at the long-term history of environment and humanity from 10,000 BC to AD 2000. This far-reaching text considers the global picture and recognises the contributions of many disciplines including the natural sciences, the social sciences, and increasingly, the humanities. As a starting point, this book takes the major phases of human technological evolution of the last 12,000 years and considers how these have affected the natural world. It then considers the response to conditions such as climate change, putting today's preoccupations into a long-term perspective. This is a book of history, not prophecy, and so makes no judgements on current anxieties. Key features: *Includes a glossary of unfamiliar terms *Notable in being a history and not a polemic *Examines the interrelation of history and nature, drawing on many fields of learning *Extensive coverage makes this ideal background reading for more specialised treatments and studies
I. G. Simmons retired in 2001 from his position as Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of Durham. He has written many books and worked on the earliest environmental manipulations of uplands in the Holocene and on the wider field of human impact on the natural environment in both its scientific and humanistic dimensions. His publications include An Environmental History of Great Britain (2001) and The Moorlands of England and Wales (2003). He is a Chartered Geographer; a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the British Academy; and a Victoria medallist of the Royal Geographical Society.