9780143038986

A New Green History of the World The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations

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  • ISBN13:

    9780143038986

  • ISBN10:

    0143038982

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/18/2007
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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Summary

Clive Ponting’s original and provocative history of human civilization—now in a thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated edition Years ahead of its time, Clive Ponting captivated readers with A Green History of the World, his study of great civilizations and the causes of their fall. Using the Roman empire as its central example, this classic work reveals how overexpansion and the exhaustion of available natural resources have played key roles in the collapse of all great cultures in human history. With an argument of urgent relevance to our modern society, A Green History of the Worldoffers a provocative and illuminating view of human history and its relationship to the environment.

Author Biography

Clive Ponting is the author of several books on world history.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. vii
List of Tables and Chartsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
The Lessons of Easter Islandp. 1
The Foundations of Historyp. 8
Ninety-nine per cent of Human Historyp. 17
The First Great Transitionp. 36
Destruction and Survivalp. 67
The Long Strugglep. 87
Ways of Thoughtp. 116
The Rape of the Worldp. 137
The Foundations of Inequalityp. 171
Disease and Deathp. 199
The Weight of Numbersp. 231
The Second Great Transitionp. 265
The Rise of the Cityp. 294
Creating the Affluent Societyp. 314
Polluting the Worldp. 342
The Threat to Global Systemsp. 380
The Shadow of the Pastp. 409
Guide to Further Readingp. 424
Indexp. 435
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