Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World: A Global Ecological History (Studies in Environment and History) (Paperback)

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Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World: A Global Ecological History (Studies in Environment and History) (Paperback)

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For centuries, bird guano has played a pivotal role in the agricultural and economic development of Latin America, East Asia, and Oceania. As their populations ballooned during the Industrial Revolution, North American and European powers came to depend on this unique resource as well, helping them meet their ever-increasing farming needs. This book explores how the production and commodification of guano has shaped the modern Pacific Basin and the world's relationship to the region. Marrying traditional methods of historical analysis with a broad interdisciplinary approach, Gregory T. Cushman casts this once little-known commodity as an engine of Western industrialization, offering new insight into uniquely modern developments such as environmental consciousness and conservation movements; the ascendance of science, technology, and expertise; international relations; and world war.

Product Details ISBN: 9781107655966
ISBN-10: 110765596X
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2014
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Studies in Environment and History