Book ID: CBB582144161

Krakow: An Ecobiography (2021)


Adam Izdebski (Editor)
Rafał Szmytka (Editor)


Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 232
Language: English

Like most cities, Poland’s Kraków developed around and because of its favorable geography. Before Warsaw, Kraków served as Poland’s capital for half a millennium. It has functioned as a cultural center, an industrial center, a center of learning, and home for millions of people. Behind all of this lies the city’s environment: its fauna and plant life, the Vistula River, the surrounding countryside rich with resources, and man-made change that has allowed the city to flourish. In Kraków: An Ecobiography, the contributors use the city as a lens to focus these social and natural intricacies to shed new light on one of Europe’s urban treasures. With chapters on pollution, water systems, the city’s natural network with the surrounding area, urban infrastructure, and more, Kraków demonstrates how much an environmental perspective can bring to the understanding of Poland’s history and the challenges presented by the heritage of the past.

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Review William C. Barnett (April 2022) Review of "Krakow: An Ecobiography". Technology and Culture (pp. 538-540). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Saikku, Mikko
Myllyntaus, Timo
Lehtinen, Ari Aukusti
Björn, Ismo
Luukkanen, Olavi
Sanders, Jeffrey C.
Environmental History
Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies
Radical History Review
Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal
University of California Press
University of North Carolina Press
Ohio University Press
University Press of Kansas
Yale University Press
Nature and its relationship to culture; human-nature relationships
Environmental history
Urban history
Science and society
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, late
19th century
21st century
18th century
United States
Seattle (Washington, U.S.)
New York (U.S.)
Los Angeles (California)
New York City (New York, U.S.)
Naples (Italy)

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