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Man influences the environment and climate and the consequences are now felt around the globe. National or regional efforts to restrict or at least contain the damage can only be insufficient: in principle environmental and climate protection needs a global concept.
Paradoxically, the way we perceive environmental and climate change and handle damage is closely linked to local or regional patterns of perception. This local view is grounded not only in different ways of socio-economic development in different regions of the world, but also in differences in cultural patterns. Also, the disturbance of the environment and climate causes relatively rapid social changes, in which the interpretation of symbols for the relationship between man and nature plays an important part.
The history of climate and culture, patterns of perception of environmental and climate change and an informed assessment of the future direction of environmental and climate policy in various parts of the world have to be taken into account in order to get to grips with the problem.
From a variety of angles, such as the history of ideas, historiography, the study of civilisation, and the political sciences, the monographs and edited volumes in Climate and Culture will all deal with the following questions:
• How do local and regional cultures perceive changes in the environment and climate in past and present?
• How did and do they adjust to them?
• How do their various representatives and spokesmen introduce their respective views to the global debate and into emerging international negotiating systems?

A peer-reviewed forum for interdisciplinary studies in history of human and nature relations, using primarily historical methodologies, covering changes in the biological and physical environments, views of nature and what they say about a society, and political environmental history. The scope includes historical and archaeological studies and the history of ideas and medicine. The chronology is wide: a world perspective is taken.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts by email to the publisher Stefan Einarson or to the series editor Dr. Aleks Pluskowski (University of Reading, U.K.). For information on how to submit a book proposal, please consult the Brill Author Guide.
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Chinese Research Perspectives on the Environment (CREN) is the new generation of The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Yearbooks: Environment. As with the CASS Yearbooks, the original versions of these volumes are published in China by Social Sciences Academic Press (SSAP) and are edited principally by leading researchers from CASS and other top research institutions and universities. CREN is one of the four subseries under the Chinese Research Perspectives (CRP) series, with each subseries focused on one of the four subject areas: education, the environment, population and labor, and society. The CRP volumes include English translations of contributions selected from the Chinese CASS Yearbooks. The selection of contributions for the English-language series and the translations of those volumes are supervised by international advisory boards. The CREN volumes provide English-speaking readers with firsthand information and insights into China’s top scholars’ discussions on urgent national and global environmental issues facing China. The volumes serve as a rare primary source in English for those interested in studying the development of civil society in China.

Der Kuban und der agromeliorative Komplex: Eine sowjetische Umwelt- und Technikgeschichte, 1929–1991
Das Spannungsverhältnis von allgegenwärtigem Mangel bei potenziellem Überfluss zählt zu den zentralen Widersprüchen der sowjetischen Geschichte. Mit Blick auf den „Brotkorb Russlands“ stellt sich die Frage, wie eines der fruchtbarsten Agrargebiete der Welt so heruntergewirtschaftet wurde, dass die Sowjetunion sogar Getreide importieren musste, um Hungersnöte zu vermeiden. In diesem Kontext untersucht das vorliegende Buch den Aufstieg und Fall der künstlichen Bewässerung entlang des südrussischen Flusses Kuban von den Jahren nach der Oktoberrevolution bis zur Auflösung des Imperiums. Als Studie zur menschlichen Hybris im Zeitalter ingenieurtechnischer Utopien liefert es einen empirisch fundierten Beitrag zu einem tieferen Verständnis des sowjetischen Agrarsystems. Darüber hinaus beleuchtet es die zentralen Idiosynkrasien sowjetischer Herrschaftskultur und hilft, die jüngeren Entwicklungen eines zwar offeneren, aber noch immer stark korruptionsbehafteten Marktes in Russland besser zu begreifen.
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Why write a book about science, technology, and medicine in Lisbon? No one questions the value of similar studies of European capital cities such as Paris or London, but they are not reflective of the norm. Alongside its unique characteristics, Lisbon more closely represents the rule and deserves attention as such. This book offers the first urban history of science, technology and medicine in Lisbon, 1840–1940. It addresses the hybrid character of a European port city, scientific capital and imperial metropolis. It discusses the role of science, technology, and medicine in the making of Lisbon, framed by the analysis of invisibilities, urban connections, and techno-scientific imaginaries. The book is accompanied by a virtual interactive map.
Maritime spaces are socially constructed by humans and refer to seas and islands, coasts, port cities and villages, as well as ships and other human-made marine structures. Social interaction with marine environments and living beings, e.g. in a symbolic, cultural or economic manner, has led to the emergence of spatial structures which affect the knowledge, beliefs, meanings and obstinately patterns. Those structures shape mutual expectations of human beings and form the perception, imagination, or memory of inhabitants of maritime spaces. They enable or restrict human action, construct people’s everyday life, their norms and values, and are changeable.

Contributors include: Jan Asmussen, Robert Bartłomiejski, Benjamin Bowles, Isabel Duarte, Eduardo Sarmento Ferreira, Rita Grácio, Marie C. Grasmeier, Karolina Izdebska, Seung Kuk Kim, Arkadiusz Kołodziej, Agnieszka Kołodziej-Durnaś, Maciej Kowalewski, Urszula Kozłowska, Ulrike Kronfeld-Goharani, Rute Muchacho, Giacomo Orsini, Włodzimierz Karol Pessel, Célia Quico, Harini Sivalingam, Joana Sousa, Frank Sowa, Nuno Cintra Torres, and Günter Warsewa.
Iceland and Ireland, two North-Atlantic islands on the periphery of Europe, share a long history that reaches back to the ninth century. Direct contact between the islands has ebbed and flowed like their shared Atlantic tides over the subsequent millennium, with long blanks and periods of apparently very little exchange, transit or contact. These relational and regularly ruptured histories, discontinuities and dispossessions are discussed here less to cover (again) the well-trodden ground of our national traditions. Rather, this volume productively illuminates how a variety of memory modes, expressed in trans-cultural productions and globalized genre forms, such as museums cultures, crime novels, the lyric poem, the medieval codex or historical fiction, operate in multi-directional ways as fluid transnational agents of change in and between the two islands. At the same time, there is an alertness to the ways in which physical, political and linguistic isolation and exposure have also made these islands places of forgetting.
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This book centers on the changes of polders and investigates the complex hydro-social relationships of the Jianghan Plain in late imperial China. Once a “hydraulic frontier” where local communities managed the polders, the Jianghan Plain became a state-led hydro-electric powerhouse by the mid-twentieth century. Through meticulous historical analysis, this book shows how water politics, cultural practice, and ecology interplayed and transformed the landscape and waterscape of the plain from a long-term perspective. By touching on topics such as religious beliefs, ethnic tension and militarization, the author reveals a plain in between nature and culture that has never been fully examined before.
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This book explores the overexploitation of river-sand and its impact on Zhuang communities in China. A topical phenomenon, the book engages with the concept of authoritarian environmental management through a detailed analysis of state laws and policies on river-sand mining. Additional rich ethnographic material shows that riverfront Zhuang villagers and their indigenous ecological knowledge cannot compete with government policy, economic forces, and development trends in gaining control over river sand governance. This book provides appealing case studies in the interdisciplinary field of political ecology. As an example of "anthropology of home", it is of specific methodological interest.
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Human civilisation stands at an unimaginable precipice. The human past, leading up to today, has seen society develop under the conditions of the Holocene since 10000 BC. However – we are now in the Anthropocene, what Deleuze/Guattari term as the future rupturing the present. This book analyses the Anthropocene given four dimensions: ‘tool-enhancement’; ‘carbon trail’; ‘the phallocene’; and ‘atomic-time’. A mode of education and social change lies parallel to this mapping that tackles degrowth, changing consciousness, a Green Utopia, and building a critical-immanent model to realign current practices in the light of globalisation. This is the first book to put the philosophy of Deleuze/Guattari to work for the future, and our collective existence as a differentiated educational practice in the Anthropocene.