THE HISTORY OF DEFORESTATION

Mark Jones jones118 at lineone.net
Mon Jun 25 05:34:51 MDT 2001


Nestor:
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> Did not read the rest of the msg yet, but what about the work of
> H.C. Darby and
> his maps of deforestation in England during the Middle Ages?

Interesting, and the point is that afforestation/deforestation are
constantly occurring often in the same forests. There appears to be more
woodland in Britain now than there was in 1066 or even in pre-Roman times.
But this article bears strongly on the Brenner/Wood debate about the origins
of capitalism because it described to malthusian pressures at work in the
Middle Ages and how resource constraints, including primarily fuelwood and
wood as raw material, paved the way to the Industrial revo.

Mark




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