Human Activities and the Tropical Rainforest

Past, Present and Possible Future

  • Bernard K. Maloney

Part of the GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 44)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Bernard K. Maloney
    Pages 1-15
  3. Roy F. Ellen
    Pages 87-99
  4. Christopher J. Barrow
    Pages 151-168
  5. Kenneth McGuffie, Ann Henderson-Sellers, Huqiang Zhang
    Pages 169-193
  6. Bernard K. Maloney
    Pages 195-206
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 207-209

About this book


Arising initially from a conference, the papers published here have been integrated into book form to provide information on human activities and the tropical rainforest in the past and present, and on the possible future of the rainforest, in a unique way. Other books have considered some, but not all, of these themes; however, none has stressed the continuity of change over time and its possible outcome for the people of the forest as well as for the forest itself.
Because of the approach taken, this book should appeal across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Indeed a prime aim has been to suggest that rainforest, because of its complexity and the complexity of people-rainforest relationships throughout time, deserves study from a broad perspective. This book poses more questions than answers about the rainforest and it is hoped that it will encourage readers to think about the rainforest in a wider way than hitherto.
This book is aimed at geographers (physical and human), social anthropologists, archaeologists, pedologists, foresters and tropical botanists and will be of value to graduates of various disciplines setting out to research the rainforest.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Bernard K. Maloney
    • 1
  1. 1.The Palaeoecology CentreThe Queen’s UniversityBelfastNorthern Ireland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4952-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1800-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5499
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0072
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