By Richard Hoffmann

ISBN-10: 052170037X

ISBN-13: 9780521700375

ISBN-10: 0521876966

ISBN-13: 9780521876964

How did medieval Europeans use and alter their environments, take into consideration the wildlife, and check out to deal with the typical forces affecting their lives? This groundbreaking environmental heritage examines medieval relationships with the wildlife from the viewpoint of social ecology, viewing human society as a hybrid of the cultural and the ordinary. Richard Hoffmann's interdisciplinary procedure sheds very important mild on such significant issues in medieval background because the decline of Rome, non secular doctrine, urbanization and know-how, in addition to key environmental issues, between them power use, sustainability, sickness and weather swap. Revealing the position of common forces in occasions formerly obvious as only human, the publication explores concerns together with the therapy of animals, the 'tragedy of the commons', agricultural clearances and agrarian economies. through introducing medieval historical past within the context of social ecology, it brings the flora and fauna into historiography as an agent and item of historical past itself.

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