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The matter of history : how things create the past

Author: Timothy J LeCain
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017. ©2017
Series: Studies in environment and history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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New insights into the microbiome, epigenetics, and cognition are radically challenging our very idea of what it means to be "human," while an explosion of neo-materialist thinking in the humanities has fostered a renewed appreciation of the formative powers of a dynamic material environment. The Matter of History brings these scientific and humanistic ideas together to develop a bold new post-anthropocentric  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy J LeCain
ISBN: 9781107134171 110713417X 9781107592704 1107592704
OCLC Number: 989761822
Description: xix, 346 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Fellow travelers : the nonhuman things that make us human --
We never left Eden : the religious and secular marginalization of matter --
Natural-born humans : a neo-materialist theory and method of history --
The longhorn : the animal intelligence behind American open-range ranching --
The silkworm : the innovative insects behind Japanese modernization --
The copper atom : conductivity and the great convergence of Japan and the West --
The matter of humans : beyond the Anthropocene and toward a new humanism.
Series Title: Studies in environment and history.
Responsibility: Timothy J. LeCain, Montana State University.

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Part materialist manifesto, part empirical case study, and part methodological guide, The Matter of History develops a radical new post-anthropocentric understanding of the past that explains how  Read more...

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'In this original, important, and beautifully written book, LeCain develops a neo-materialist theory of history to illuminate the environmental histories of seemingly disparate subjects: copper Read more...

 
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