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The interplay among people and their traditional atmosphere at the present time is remarkable in its scope and complexity, and up to date scholarly learn attests to the necessity for a multidisciplinary method of totally research it. Mappae Mundi solutions this demand a scholarly synthesis, illuminating dominant social tendencies affecting the connection among human societies and the environment.Contributors talk about this courting, and examine numerous varied chances for the long run. Mappae Mundi will entice social scientists or somebody attracted to the present and destiny results of our interplay with the common setting.

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The population of the largest city in the Mexican plain, Teotihuacan, with over 125,000 inhabitants, shows a severe decline in health after 540 AD – and recent dating has shifted its decline from the 8th century AD to the second half of the 6th century. A long period of drought in this water-poor region caused famine with subsequent political turmoil. Another lasting effect may have been the breakdown of the large Marib dam in the then mighty state of Jemen.

The Avars, invincible warriors on horseback in the Mongolian plains, were rather enigmatically beaten by the Turks – was it due to the different responses of horses and cows to severe drought? Those who fled westwards reached the Caucasian and Hungarian steppes where they inflicted great havoc on the Eastern Roman Empire, extracting more than one billion (present-day) dollars equivalent in gold – a second blow to the crumbling empire. The population of the largest city in the Mexican plain, Teotihuacan, with over 125,000 inhabitants, shows a severe decline in health after 540 AD – and recent dating has shifted its decline from the 8th century AD to the second half of the 6th century.

Most of them do so not because they wish to diminish the importance of industrialization, but in order to stress that industrialization is a long-term process that was not confined to a relatively brief ‘revolutionary’ period in one particular country but is still continuing, and making its impact felt all over the world. In our view, industrialization means the rise and spread of a third socio-ecological regime – the industrial regime, following the fire regime and the agrarian regime. It did not put an end to the older regimes.

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