An Environmental History of Medieval Europe by Richard Hoffmann

By Richard Hoffmann

Because the first actual ebook of its sort, An Environmental historical past of Medieval Europe offers a hugely unique survey of medieval relatives with the flora and fauna. enticing with the interdisciplinary company of environmental background, it examines the way usual forces affected humans, how humans replaced their atmosphere, and the way they thought of the area round them. Exploring key issues in medieval background - together with the decline of Rome, spiritual doctrine, and the lengthy fourteenth century - Hoffmann attracts clean conclusions approximately enduring questions relating to agrarian economies, tenurial rights, expertise and urbanization. Revealing the importance of the flora and fauna on occasions formerly considered simply human, the publication explores matters together with the remedy of animals, sustainability, epidemic sickness and weather swap, and by means of introducing medieval heritage within the context of social ecology, brings the wildlife into historiography as an agent and item of historical past itself.

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This practice moved the animals to forage at the price of depriving the arable land of their manure and the risk of overgrazing upland woods and turning them to grass, maquis, or garrigue. Transhumance compounded the problem of fertility maintenance in Mediterranean dry farming, an issue that much worried Roman agricultural writers. Agriculture was a principal source of environmental risk and impacts in the classical Mediterranean world, chief among them soil depletion due to erosion and other forms of soil exhaustion.

When unimaginable weights of melt water flowed to the sea from ice caps on land, even the earth’s crust responded in a process called isostatic rebound. Northern lands relieved of the burden of ice rose some hundreds of metres, while newly flooded southern coasts were suppressed by a few metres. More locally important tectonic effects in Mediterranean Europe derived from the continued northward movement of the African continental plate, which has for some 70 million years pressed against Europe’s southern margin to raise the Alps and related mountain chains.

Climate, soils, and relief set preconditions for agricultural practice. Crop plants had to be adapted to the rainy cool winter and the hot dry summer: annual cereals seeded in autumn grow through the winter and spring to mature before the summer drought; perennial grasses, vines, olives, and other trees go dormant or otherwise adapt to dry heat. In the coastal and plateau areas best for human agricultural use, Mediterranean soils are often light, though some are clays. Broken relief further contributes to local diversity.

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