Department of History and Art History, Utrecht University
Period 3: 2011, 2012, 2013
The transition from pre-industrial to industrial societies has significantly increased the impact of human societies on the environment. However, the tensed relation between man and the environment is not just a recent phenomenon. For thousands of years human societies have exploited limited natural resources to produce food and obtain fuel, fibres and building materials. This course explores specific historical cases as well as long-term global developments in the relation between people and the environment.