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Islands: From Atlantis to Zanzibar

von Fischer, Steven Roger   (Autor)

Our planet hosts over a million islands. From Britain to Japan, Mauritius to Manhattan, these small living laboratories are geological crucibles, biological cradles and cultural crŠches. Ranging from ancient continents to accretions of an ocean sandbank, they can lie in the sea, in a river, or in a lake. Some are entire countries: Madagascar, Jamaica, Iceland. Other countries are multiple large islands: Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand. Some islands sustain a single crofters hut; others host Earths largest metropolises: New York, Singapore, Hong Kong. Hundreds have been notorious penal colonies; a refreshing number are now wildlife refuges. Whether colossal or compact, Islands: From Atlantis to Zanzibar is the first global introduction to these lands surrounded by liquid. Historian, linguist, philologist, island expert and long-time island-dweller Steven Roger Fischer reveals how since time began islands have been one of the primary birthplaces for plants, animals and proto-humans. He shows how these same islets and eyots of stone and sand - whether in ocean, lake or river - fostered our species, Homo sapiens, who then exploited these remarkable habitats as stepping-stones to global dominion.Seeding our imagination from Atlantis to Tahiti, from Treasure Island to Jurassic Park, islands have cradled and enriched, thrilled and lured, terrified and inspired. Encompassing many aspects of geology, biology and culture, from island economics, warfare and politics to literature, art and psychology, Islands chronicles how these isolated mini-worlds are, ultimately, a measure of humankind itself.

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Our planet hosts over a million islands. From Britain to Japan, Mauritius to Manhattan, these small living laboratories are geological crucibles, biological cradles and cultural crŠches. Ranging from ancient continents to accretions of an ocean sandbank, they can lie in the sea, in a river, or in a lake. Some are entire countries: Madagascar, Jamaica, Iceland. Other countries are multiple large islands: Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand. Some islands sustain a single crofters hut; others host Earths largest metropolises: New York, Singapore, Hong Kong. Hundreds have been notorious penal colonies; a refreshing number are now wildlife refuges. Whether colossal or compact, Islands: From Atlantis to Zanzibar is the first global introduction to these lands surrounded by liquid.
Historian, linguist, philologist, island expert and long-time island-dweller Steven Roger Fischer reveals how since time began islands have been one of the primary birthplaces for plants, animals and proto-humans. He shows how these same islets and eyots of stone and sand - whether in ocean, lake or river - fostered our species, Homo sapiens, who then exploited these remarkable habitats as stepping-stones to global dominion.Seeding our imagination from Atlantis to Tahiti, from Treasure Island to Jurassic Park, islands have cradled and enriched, thrilled and lured, terrified and inspired. Encompassing many aspects of geology, biology and culture, from island economics, warfare and politics to literature, art and psychology, Islands chronicles how these isolated mini-worlds are, ultimately, a measure of humankind itself. 

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Steven Roger Fischer studierte Sprachwissenschaft in Neuseeland und an der Universität Heidelberg. Einige Jahre lang arbeitete er als freier Redakteur in Meersburg. Heute ist er Leiter des Instituts für Polynesische Sprachen und Literaturen an der Universität Auckland, Neuseeland. Er entzifferte die rongorongo-Schrift der Osterinseln und den Diskos von Phaistos. 

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Medium: Buch
Format: Gebunden
Seiten: 336
Sprache: Englisch
Erschienen: Dezember 2012
Maße: 223 x 146 mm
Gewicht: 550 g
ISBN-10: 178023032X
ISBN-13: 9781780230320

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