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Natural World
An Examination of Late Assyrian Metalwork Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 330
ISBN: 9781842175071
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2012
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Description:
Although the Assyrian kingdom that dominated the Ancient Near East between the ninth and seventh centuries BC had a rich material culture, attested particularly by the distinctive stone wall reliefs and colossal gateway figures, practically nothing is known about Assyrian metalwork. There has been no previous survey of this subject, largely because most of the material was not accessible. This volume makes available for the first time a vast amount of previously unpublished metalwork, much of it from the Assyrian capital city of Nimrud, excavated first by Sir Henry Layard between 1845 and 1851 and then by the British School of Archaeology in Iraq between 1949 and 1963.
Jungle at the Door Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781938086069
Pub Date: 01 Sep 2012
Description:
Through the miracle of photography and the beholding eye of a master photographer such as Myers, we are able to experience the land and life in India's last remaining wild jungles. This is the land of the tiger and elephant and monkey and rhino and a treasure trove of other species. But, as noted writer William deBuys shares in his provocative essay, poaching is a persistent and pervasive problem, and the natural habitat for wild animals is shrinking at an alarming rate due to expanding development and industrialization.
Confronting Ecological Crisis in Appalachia and the South Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 284
ISBN: 9780813136196
Pub Date: 01 Jul 2012
Description:
Throughout Appalachia corporations control local economies and absentee ownership of land makes it difficult for communities to protect their waterways, mountains, and forests. Yet among all this uncertainty are committed citizens who have organized themselves to confront both external power holders and often their own local, state, and federal agents. Determined to make their voice heard and to improve their living conditions, newfound partnerships between community activists and faculty and students at community colleges and universities have formed to challenge powerful bureaucratic infrastructures and to protect local ecosystems and communities.
Gardens in History Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781905119431
Pub Date: 30 Jun 2012
Imprint: Windgather Press
Illustrations: 138 col illus
Description:
Over the past 50 years, the subject of garden history has been firmly established as an academic discipline. While many have explored what was created in gardens throughout history, the reasons as to why they were created has naturally been more diverse. Depending on the background of the author, the ideas have ranged from aesthetic values deriving from art, philosophical thoughts and ideas, social and even economic forces.
Growing Stories from India Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 286
ISBN: 9780813134123
Pub Date: 27 Jan 2012
Series: Culture of the Land
Illustrations: 11 b&w photos
Description:
The costs of industrial agriculture are astonishing in terms of damage to the environment, human health, animal suffering, and social equity, and the situation demands that we expand our ecological imagination to meet this crisis. In response to growing dissatisfaction with the existing food system, farmers and consumers are creating alternate models of production and consumption that are both sustainable and equitable. In Growing Stories from India: Religion and the Fate of Agriculture, author A.
Science Transformed? Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9780822961635
Pub Date: 11 Nov 2011
Description:
Advancements in computing, instrumentation, robotics, digital imaging, and simulation modeling have changed science into a technology-driven institution. Government, industry, and society increasingly exert their influence over science, raising questions of values and objectivity. These and other profound changes have led many to speculate that we are in the midst of an epochal break in scientific history.
Archaeomalacology Revisited Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 104
ISBN: 9781842174364
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2011
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w & col illus
Description:
The past decade has witnessed a remarkable momentum in the advancement of archaeomalacological research but there is still a lot of room for progress. These ten papers are the second published proceedings of the archaeomalacology sessions organised by ICAZ (Mexico City, 2006). The contributions revisit important archaeological issues such as provenance of raw materials, dye production and the secondary uses of industrial shell waste, the role of shell artefacts in the symbolic world of diverse civilisations, technology and early cross-regional exchange networks.
Science Secrets Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 344
ISBN: 9780822962304
Pub Date: 29 May 2011
Description:
Was Darwin really inspired by Galapagos finches? Did Einstein's wife secretly contribute to his theories? Did Franklin fly a kite in a thunderstorm?
A Veritable Eden'. The Manchester Botanic Garden Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781905119370
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2011
Imprint: Windgather Press
Illustrations: col & b/w illus 176p, colour & b/w illus
Description:
The Manchester Botanical and Horticultural Society was founded in 1827 to allow members the opportunity to study botany and horticulture and to create an ambience "not unlike a fashionable resort". Today the Garden is all but forgotten and only the former entrance gates and a street name remain. This book, illustrated with many contemporary engravings and postcards, charts the history of the Garden; its international reputation in horticultural developments and many floral triumphs; its recurrent financial crises and ultimate degeneration into a venue for cat and dog shows and final conversion to a doomed amusement park.
Digging for Victory Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9780955272370
Pub Date: 10 Oct 2010
Illustrations: colour throughout
Description:
Beans as bullets', 'Vegetables for Victory' and 'Cloches against Hitler': these slogans convey just how vital gardening and growing food were to the British war effort during the Second World War. Exhorted to 'Grow More Food', then to 'Dig for Victory', Britain's 'allotment army' was soon out in force, growing as many vegetables as possible in suburban allotments, private gardens, even the grounds of stately homes. Richly illustrated with contemporary photographs and ephemera relating to the 'Dig For Victory' campaign, this expertly researched, highly engaging and informative account also includes archive images of home front gardening, garden produce and advertisements.
The Agrarian Vision Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780813125879
Pub Date: 30 Jul 2010
Series: Culture of the Land
Illustrations: 1 chart, 1 figure
Description:
As industry and technology proliferate in modern society, sustainability has jumped to the forefront of contemporary political and environmental discussions. The balance between progress and the earth's ability to provide for its inhabitants grows increasingly precarious as we attempt to achieve sustainable development.In The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics, Paul B.

Logical Empiricism

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Format: Paperback
Pages: 408
ISBN: 9780822959496
Pub Date: 10 Jul 2010
Description:
Logical empiricism, a program for the study of science that attempted to provide logical analyses of the nature of scientific concepts, the relation between evidence and theory, and the nature of scientific explanation, formed among the famed Vienna and Berlin Circles of the 1920s and '30s and dominated the philosophy of science throughout much of the twentieth century. In recent decades, a "post-positivist" philosophy, deriding empiricism and its claims in light of more recent historical and sociological discoveries, has been the ascendant mode of philosophy and other disciplines in the arts and sciences.This book features original research that challenges such broad oppositions.
Fear of Farming Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781905119325
Pub Date: 30 Jun 2010
Imprint: Windgather Press
Illustrations: 3 illus
Description:
The environmental crisis is one of the most pressing concerns to face the population of the world today. The debate centres on the way in which our current problems are of recent making and how we might fix them. But in reality the issue is far more fundamental and stretches back further in time than many of us might think.
Extinctions and Invasions Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781905119318
Pub Date: 31 May 2010
Imprint: Windgather Press
Illustrations: 43 b/w illus, 10 tables
Description:
Eight thousand years ago, when the sea cut Britain off from the rest of the Continent, the island's fauna was very different: most of the animals familiar to us today were not present, whilst others, now extinct, were abundant. Over the course of millennia humans have manipulated Britain's fauna. For reasons of fear, suspicion, desire, or simply inadvertently, certain species were brought to extinction.
Cultivating an Ecological Conscience Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 420
ISBN: 9780813125787
Pub Date: 14 Apr 2010
Series: Culture of the Land
Description:
Theologian, academic, and third-generation organic farmer Frederick L. Kirschenmann is a celebrated agricultural thinker. In the last thirty years he has tirelessly promoted the principles of sustainability and has become a legend in his own right.
Vegetation and Environment in Nydam, Denmark during the Iron Age Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 48
ISBN: 9788788415551
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2009
Series: Jutland Archaeological Society Publications
Illustrations: b/w photos, charts & maps
Description:
In connection to the archaeological research of the warfare sacrifices in Illerup, Ejsbøl and Nydam, a comprehensive amount of pollen samples has been collected; that is both in connection to the artefacts found and in pollen series in the different bog layers. The collection of pollen has several objectives. First and foremost it is possible to describe the vegetational development which contributes to the determination of the geneses of the specific bog.