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"[Environment and Society in the Japanese Islands] is a stimulating, well-researched, and well-edited volume that makes a significant contribution to the growing literature on Japanese environmental history. The individual chapters . . . offer a multifaceted and stimulating view of Japanese environmental history. In all respects, the book clearly lives up to the editors' first guiding principle: to bring together a diversity of authors and topics that throw new light on the long and varied environmental history of Japan. Environment and Society in the Japanese Islands has taken an important step by drawing on ecological theories such as the adaptive cycle to understand environmental history in Japan. This book deserves close attention by specialists and upper-level students interested in Japan and in global environmental history." -- Patricia Sippel, Monumenta Nipponica

"What sets this book apart from other works is the rapidly growing field of Japanese environmental history is the volume's disciplinary diversity, its broad historical range, and its engagement with ecological resilience theory. This volume not only adds a much needed premodern perspective to studies of the human-nature relationship in Japan, but through its accessible presentation and critical engagement with current debates, it also announces for Japan a more prevalent place in global environmental history." -- Tristan R. Grunow, Environmental History

"[Batten and Brown] do an excellent job of demonstrating the dynamic relationship between nature and humanity in the Japanese islands."
Ichiro Miyata, Agricultural History


"[Batten and Brown's] approaches blur boundaries and are not easily categorized. This, I think, is a strength rather than a weakness of this volume... The increasing amount of work on Japanese environmental history of various and assorted stripes highlights vibrancy and insights I could not have imagined a decade and a half ago."

Aaron Skabelund, The Journal of Asian Studies

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