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Focus Introduction: Swarms, herds, and peoples—Examinations of Interspecies Dynamics in China

David A. Bello, C. Michele Thompson

Abstract


As its title suggests, this Focus draws our attention to the shift in perspective brought about by environmental history, compared to the more traditional approaches of history of science. Here human knowledge of and interaction with animals are understood as part of a historically variable system that encompasses both the human realm and its environment, a system in which the various components interact and shape each other dynamically. 


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