Of Seascapes and People: Multiple Perspectives on Oceans Past

Kathleen Schwerdtner Máñez, Bo Poulsen

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Human interactions with the sea date back millennia. But until a few decades ago historical information did play a negligible role in the analysis, conservation and management of marine ecosystems. Similarly, marine issues hardly played a role in historical research. This changed from the late 1990s on with marine sciences taking a historical turn, while historians began to become involved with the sea in a new, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary manner. Also driven by the increasing public awareness of marine resource depletion, marine environmental history developed as an own discipline with distinct topics and methods. This development has greatly promoted the systematic research of historical marine resource exploitation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerspectives on Oceans Past : A Handbook of Marine Environmental History
EditorsKathleen Schwerdtner-Manèz, Bo Poulsen
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Publication date27 May 2016
ISBN (Print)978-94-017-7495-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-017-7496-3
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2016


  • marine environmental history
  • historical marine ecology
  • Fisheries history
  • Shifting baselines
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • interdisciplinarity
  • multiple perspectives


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