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A Forest Journey: The Role of Wood in the Development of Civilization

By: J Perlin

464 pages, 28 b/w photos, 37 line illus

W.W. Norton & Co.

Paperback | Sep 2005 | Edition: 2 | #179002 | ISBN: 0881506761
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Describes the movement of Western civilization by taking one resource, wood, the principal building material and fuel of past societies, and examining how societies' need for new sources of wood has been an important cause of large population movements throughout history.

Thisbook takes one those bold imaginative steps through world history thatleaves you full of excitement, as suddenly events seem to fall into apattern for the first time. Perlin not only presents us with a boldhypothesis profusely documented and illustrated, he does it with astory-teller s pace and ability to surprise.

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