The Vulnerable Planet: A Short Economic History of the Environment

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With impressive historical and economic detail ranging from the industrial Revolution to modern imperialism, The Vulnerable Planet explores the reasons why a global economic system geared toward private profit has spelled vulnerability for the earth's fragile natural environment.. "Rejecting both individualistic solutions and policies that tinker at the margins, John Bellamy Foster calls for a fundamental reorganization of production on a social basis so as to make possible a sustainable and ecological economy.. "This revised edition includes a new afterword by the author.
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Editorial Reviews

Action Environmental
Has the potential to be a political bombshell in radical circles around the world.
Contemporary Sociology
Extraordinarily well written . . .
Dollars and Sense
A readable chronicle aimed at a general audience . . . Graceful and accessible . .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780853458746
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Series: Cornerstone Bks.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

John Bellamy Foster is editor of Monthly Review. He is professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and author of The Ecological Revolution, The Great Financial Crisis (with Fred Magdoff), Critique of Intelligent Design (with Brett Clark and Richard York), Ecology Against Capitalism, Marx’s Ecology, and The Vulnerable Planet.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
1 The Ecological Crisis 11
2 Ecological Conditions Before the Industrial Revolution 34
3 The Environment at the Time of the Industrial Revolution 50
4 Expansion and Conservation 69
5 Imperialism and Ecology 85
6 The Vulnerable Planet 108
7 The Socialization of Nature 125
Notes 143
Index 157
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