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Author Crosby, Alfred W.
Title Ecological imperialism : the biological expansion of Europe, 900-1900 / Alfred W. Crosby.
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Edition 2nd ed., new ed.
Book Jacket
 Main Collection  GF50 .C76 2004    AVAILABLE


Call # GF50 .C76 2004
Phys. Description xxii, 368 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Series Studies in environment and history.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. 312-360) and index.
Contents Prologue -- Pangaea revisited, the Neolithic reconsidered -- The Norse and the Crusaders -- The Fortunate Isles -- Winds -- Within reach, beyond grasp -- Weeds -- Animals -- Ills -- New Zealand -- Explanations -- Conclusion -- Appendix: what was the "smallpox" in New South Wales in 1789?
Summary People of European descent form the bulk of the population in most of the temperate zones of the world--North America, Australia and New Zealand. The military successes of European imperialism are easy to explain because in many cases they were achieved by using firearms against spears. Alfred Crosby, however, explains that the Europeans' displacement and replacement of the native peoples in the temperate zones was more a matter of biology than of military conquest. Now in a new edition with a new preface, Crosby revisits his classic work and again evaluates the ecological reasons for European expansion.
Local Note J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice request
Subject Human ecology.
Europeans -- Migrations.
Human geography.
ISBN 0521837324
0521546184 (pbk.)
9780521546188 (pbk.)