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Sources of Power rolls out a bold new energy-based theory of human history based on a simple yet powerful law: Whoever controls the world's effective energy supplies during a given energy age will inevitably dominate the economic, political, and cultural history of that age. Weissenbacher's theory parses world history into four ages: the foraging, agriculture, coal, and oil ages. Each age is defined by the energy regime that is the dominant sources of power fueling the human enterprise. Weissenbacher tests his sweeping theory against the whole cross-cultural panorama of world history, combining formidable powers of synthesis with a specialist's deep understanding of energy systems and technologies.
After proving the operation his energy law throughout all of mankind's past and into the present, Weissenbacher applies it to future global geopolitical trends. He assesses the prospects of the various candidate technologies to succeed oil as the dominant energy regime of the post-oil age, and he charts the scenarios for the future course of world history based on the global distribution of energy reserves. He foretells the fates of the US and Chinese empires in the twilight of the oil age: the US as a mature superpower with dwindling domestic oil supplies forced to deploy its military might to occupy oilfields in the Middle East; China as an emerging superpower with inadequate domestic energy supplies forced to deploy its economic might to muscle in on the development of Third World oilfields.
Sources of Power rolls out a bold new interpretation of human history based on the principle that whoever controls theworld's energy supplies in any given age will inevitably dominate the economic, political, and cultural history of that age.
Posted August 18, 2012
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