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The World Hunt

An Environmental History of the Commodification of Animals

John F. Richards (Author), John R. McNeill (Contributor)


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Presented here is the final and most coherent section of a sweeping classic work in environmental history, The Unending Frontier. The World Hunt focuses on the commercial hunting of wildlife and its profound global impact on the environment and the early modern world economy. Tracing the massive expansion of the European quest for animal products, The World Hunt explores the fur trade in North America and Russia, cod fishing in the North Atlantic, and whaling and sealing on the world’s oceans and coastlands.
List of Maps and Tables
Foreword by Edmund Burke
Introduction by J. R. McNeill

1. Furs and Deerskins in Eastern North America
2. The Hunt for Furs in Siberia
3. Cod and the New World Fisheries
4. Whales and Walruses in the Northern Oceans

John Richards was Professor of History at Duke University and editor of Land, Property and the Environment (2001). He was also coeditor of World Deforestation in the Twentieth Century (1988) and Global Deforestation and the Nineteenth-Century World Economy (1983). He died in 2007.

John McNeill is professor of history at Georgetown University and author of several books on world and environmental history, most recently Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1640-1914 (2010).

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