Climate Change, History, and Human Action
Scientists and policymakers are beginning to understand in ever-increasing detail that environmental problems cannot be understood solely through the biophysical sciences. Environmental issues are fundamentally human issues and must be set in the context of social, political, cultural, and economic knowledge. The need both to understand how human beings in the past responded to climatic and other environmental changes and to synthesize the implications of these historical patterns for present-day sustainability spurred a conference of the world's leading scholars on the topic. The Way the Wind Blows is the rich result of that conference.
Articles discuss the dynamics of climate, human perceptions of and responses to the environment, and issues of sustainability and resiliency. These themes are illustrated through discussions of human societies around the world and throughout history.
List of IllustrationsList of TablesNotes on the Contributors1. Climate, History, and Human Action, by Roderick J. McIntosh, Joseph A. Tainter, and Susan Keech Mc Intosh1. Climate, Environment, and Human Action2. Climate Variability During the Holocene: An Update, by Robert B. Dunbar3. Complexity Theory and Sociocultural Change in the American Southwest, by Jeffrey S. Dean2. Social Memory4. Environmental Perception and Human Responses in History and Prehistory, by Fekri Hassan5. Social Memory in Mande, by Roderick J. McIntosh6. Memories, Abstractions, and Conceptualization of Ecological Crisis in the Mande World, by Tereba Togola7. From Garden to Globe: Linking Time and Space with Meaning and Memory, by Carole L. Crumley8. Chinese Attitudes Toward Climate, by Cho-yun Hsu3. Cultural Responses to Climate Change9. Three Rivers: Subregional Variations in Earth System Impacts in the Southwestern Maya Lowlands (Candelaria, Usumacinta, and Champoton Watersheds), by Joel D. Gunn and William J. Folan10. The Lowland Maya Civilization: Historical Consciousness and Environment, by David Freidel and Justine Shaw11. Social Responses to Climate Change Among the Chumash Indians of South Central California, by John R. Johnson4. History and Contemporary Affairs12. Global Change, History and Sustainability, by Joseph A. Tainter13. Land Degradation as a Socionatural Process, by S.E. van der Leeuw and the ARCHAEOMEDES Research TeamIndex