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"Refreshingly unpolemical and at times even witty, McNeill's book brims with carefully sifted statistics and brilliant details."?Washington Post Book WorldThe history of the twentieth century is most often told through its world wars, the rise and fall of communism, or its economic upheavals. In his startling new book, J. R. McNeill gives us our first general account of what may prove to be the most significant dimension of the twentieth century: its environmental history. To a degree unprecedented in human history, we have refashioned the earth's air, water, and soil, and the biosphere of which we are a part. Based on exhaustive research, McNeill's story?a compelling blend of anecdotes, data, and shrewd analysis?never preaches: it is our definitive account. This is a volume in The Global Century Series (general editor, Paul Kennedy). 40 b/w photographs, 15 maps
Rezension: J.R. McNeill, a professor of history at Georgetown University, visits the annals of the past century only to return to the present with bad news: in that 100-year span, he writes, the industrialized and developing nations of the world have wrought damage to nearly every part of the globe. That much seems obvious to even the most casual reader, but what emerges, and forcefully, from McNeill's pages is just how extensive that damage has been. For example, he writes, "soil degradation in one form or another now affects one-third of the world's land surface," larger by far than the world's cultivated areas. Things are worse in some places than in others; McNeill observes that Africa is "the only continent where food production per capita declined after 1960," due to the loss of productive soil. McNeill's litany continues: the air in most of the world's cities is perilously unhealthy; the drinking water across much of the planet is growing ever more polluted; the human species is increasingly locked "in a rigid and uneasy bond with modern agriculture," which trades the promise of abundant food for the use of carcinogenic pesticides and fossil fuels.
The environmental changes of the last century, McNeill closes by saying, are on an unprecedented scale, so much so that we can scarcely begin to fathom their implications. We can, however, start to think about them, and McNeill's book is a helpful primer. --Gregory McNamee
Titel: Something New Under the Sun: An ...
Verlag: Allen Lane
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Buchbeschreibung Allen Lane, 2000. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the World in the 20th Century (Allen Lane History) This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. . Buchnummer des Verkäufers 7719-9780713994629
Buchbeschreibung Allen Lane, 2000. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. All orders are dispatched the following working day from our UK warehouse. Established in 2004, we have over 500,000 books in stock. No quibble refund if not completely satisfied. Buchnummer des Verkäufers mon0002630279
Buchbeschreibung Hardback. Buchzustand: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GOR003417486
Buchbeschreibung Hardback. Buchzustand: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GOR002021606
Buchbeschreibung The Penguin Press, London, 2000. Hardcover. Buchzustand: NF. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: NF. 362pp The author accesses the ecoligical course we have taken in the twentieth century as an interesting evolutionary gamble. Size: 6" X9.5". Buchnummer des Verkäufers 63244
Buchbeschreibung Allen Lane, London, 2000. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine. 1st UK Edition. 0713994622 pp xxiii, 421. Prior owner name to page VII. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 012168
Buchbeschreibung Allen Lane London 2000, 2000. Dust Jacket Fine 24.0 x 16.0cms, 422pp Hard Cover Fine This book charts the ways that we have changed the natural world. It looks at Thomas Migley who introduced leaded gasoline and Freon, the chlorofluorocarbon, at General Motors and a range of environmental disasters. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 152447
Buchbeschreibung Allen Lane, 2000. Hardcover. Buchzustand: As New. Like new condition. Buchnummer des Verkäufers XX-247-22-8757708