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Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World

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Book News Annotation:

In contrast to Anna Bramwell's (Yale UP, 1989), which dealt primarily with a history of environmentalists' ideas, activities, and organizations, McNeill's history is of the human changes perpetrated on the planet, changes during what was arguably the earth's Worst Century (so far). McNeill (history, Georgetown U.) maintains that the heretofore very adaptable human species has worked itself into behaviors narrowly adapted to an abundance of cheap resources (power, water), behaviors unadaptable to conditions of nonabundance, which it would seem from the provided examples, are already here. His history is anthropocentric in that he is interested in the changes wrought upon the earth (earth, air, water, biota) because of human habitation, events like Indonesian deforestation, air pollution in London, acid rain in Germany. Contra Ecclesiastes' nothing new under the sun, McNeill attempts to prove pervasive anthropogenic changes are new and worth pondering. At the same time he attempts to avoid convincing the reader such changes are good or bad and to keep sermonizing to a minimum, hoping his ideas will reach a wide (educated) readership.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Through this environmental history of the people and planet in the global 20th century, McNeill explores the massive change in our physical world and argues that environmental degradation is reversible and historical change open-ended. 40 photos. 15 maps.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 363-404 p.) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393049176
Subtitle:
Satellites and the Beginning of the Space Age
Foreword:
Kennedy, Paul
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
History
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Natural history
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Global Century Series
Publication Date:
c2000
Binding:
Trade Cloth
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
xxvi, 421 p.
Dimensions:
9.58x6.59x1.40 in. 1.77 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Through this environmental history of the people and planet in the global 20th century, McNeill explores the massive change in our physical world and argues that environmental degradation is reversible and historical change open-ended. 40 photos. 15 maps.
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