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Author McGregor, James H. (James Harvey), 1946-
Title Back to the garden : nature and the Mediterranean world from prehistory to the present / James H. S. McGregor
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015]
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  GF13.3.M47 M147 2015    AVAILABLE    30530001196054
Descript xii, 366 pages ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note "The garden was the cultural foundation of the early Mediterranean peoples; they acknowledged their reliance on and kinship to the land, and they understood nature through the lens of their diversely cultivated landscape. Their image of the garden underwrote the biblical book of Genesis and the region's three major religions. In this important melding of cultural and ecological histories, James H. S. McGregor suggests that the environmental crisis the world faces today is a result of Western society's abandonment of the "First Nature" principle--of the harmonious interrelationship of human communities and the natural world. The author demonstrates how this relationship, which persisted for millennia, effectively came to an end in the late eighteenth century, when "nature" came to be equated with untamed landscape devoid of human intervention. McGregor's essential work offers a new understanding of environmental accountability while proposing that recovering the original vision of ourselves, not as antagonists of nature but as cultivators of a biological world to which we innately belong, is possible through proven techniques of the past"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Human ecology -- Mediterranean Region -- History
Agriculture -- Mediterranean Region -- History
Mediterranean Region -- History
NATURE / Ecology. bisacsh
HISTORY / Social History. bisacsh
HISTORY / Historical Geography. bisacsh
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