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

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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 ...

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Overview

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 World offers a provocative and illuminating view of human history and its relationship to the environment.

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Editorial Reviews

Observer (London)
If there is a single book on the subject to engage the enthusiast, silence the cynic and enlighten the ignoramus, this is it.
Sunday Independent (London)
A welcome change from the scatter-gun apocalypse-mongering which has become standard fare in green literature. With luck and foresight, and more books like this, we may yet learn our lesson.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143038986
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/18/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 496,629
  • Product dimensions: 5.57 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

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


List of Maps     vii
List of Tables and Charts     vii
Preface     ix
The Lessons of Easter Island     1
The Foundations of History     8
Ninety-nine per cent of Human History     17
The First Great Transition     36
Destruction and Survival     67
The Long Struggle     87
Ways of Thought     116
The Rape of the World     137
The Foundations of Inequality     171
Disease and Death     199
The Weight of Numbers     231
The Second Great Transition     265
The Rise of the City     294
Creating the Affluent Society     314
Polluting the World     342
The Threat to Global Systems     380
The Shadow of the Past     409
Guide to Further Reading     424
Index     435
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