Immersed in the Human Tsunami--book review

I have just read (and reviewed) an important book I think many of you would find interesting. John R. Gillis vigorously attacks what he perceives as the terracentric views of traditional geographers and historians.
John R. Gillis, The Human Shore, Seacoasts in History (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012)

Gillis argues that concerns with what happens on the deep blue sea have caused neglect of the brown water world of coasts and coastal peoples. He argues that the edges where land and water meet: lake, river, or seaside offer the advantage of lying between ecosystems, yielding humankind the greatest return for the least effort. And the seashore provided our original home as aquatic foragers where the first sedentary communities arose, although with sea levels rising as much as several hundred feet, much of the evidence has washed away.

In contemporary times we have seen a great “surge to the sea, a human tsunami” of overpopulation and overdevelopment with stubbornly eroding beaches, disappearing working waterfronts and draining of protective wetlands with catastrophic results. The fragility of the shore compares with the vulnerability of the ocean and points to the environmental totality of land, sea, and air.

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