Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books)

De (autor) William Cronon
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The Earth’s environment is interlaced with complex, constructed ecological pathways that link industrial facilities and human consumers. Nowhere is this truer than on the Japanese archipelago.During the nineteenth century, Japan saw the rise of Homo sapiens industrialis, a new breed of human who was transformed by an engineered, industrialized, and poisonous environment. Toxins moved freely through mines, factory sites, and rice paddies and more directly into human bodies.Toxic Archipelago explores the relationship between the causes of colossal toxic pollution and the manner in which pain caused by pollution insults porous human bodies. Brett Walker examines startling case studies of industrial toxins that know no boundaries: a killer pollution from insecticide saturations; poisonings from copper, zinc, and lead mining; congenital deformities from methylmercury factory effluents; and lung diseases from sulfur dioxide and asbestos. This powerful and thoughtful book demonstrates a deep understanding of how the Japanese archipelago has become industrialized over the last two hundred years and the human and environmental consequences of that transformation.Brett L. Walker is Regents’ Professor and department chair of history and philosophy at Montana State University, Bozeman. He is author of The Conquest of Ainu Lands: Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion, 1590–1800 and The Lost Wolves of Japan.
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ISBN-13: 9780295991382
ISBN-10: 0295991380
Pagini: 284
Ilustrații: 40 illustrations
Dimensiuni: 152 x 226 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.48 kg
Editura: University of Washington Press
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"Historian Walker effectively links, perhaps for the first time anywhere, the historical processes of the economic, social, and land-use policies involved in modernizing and globalizing Japan with the pain and suffering of its environment and people. Never has a book so clearly illustrated the aphorisms 'all politics are local,' 'the personal is the political,' and 'we are what we eat.' This discussion of the evolution of environmentalism in Japan will reflect new light on the understanding of environmental history. Essential." –Choice

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Brett Walker is Regents' Professor and department chairperson of history and philosophy at the University of Montana, Bozeman. He is the author of "The Lost Wolves of Japan."Winner of the George Perkins Marsh Prize for Best Book in Environmental History


Preface; AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Knowing Nature; 1. The Agency of Insects; 2. The Agency of Chemicals; 3. Copper Mining and Ecological Collapse; 4. Engineering Pain in the Jinzu River Basin; 6. Hell at the Hojo Colliery; ConclusionWorks Cited