of the edition of A Green History of the World (then out of print) for the We owe Clive Ponting a debt of gratitude for his pioneering historical study. Like Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel, Clive Ponting’s book studies the relationship between the environment and human history. A Green History of the World. The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations. by Clive Ponting. pages, paperback, Penguin, A Green History.

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The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations. Please try again later. For the next six hundred years the region saw the Akkadian empire conquered by the Guti nomads from the Zagros mountains, a brief revival of the region under the Third Dynasty of Ur between BC, its collapse under pressure from the Elamites in the west and Amorites in the east, and about BC the conquest of the area by the Babylonian kingdom centered on northern Mesopotamia.

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Really tough to read the whole thing straight through. By being devastatingly clear about the nature and severity of the problems hte offering no solutions, the book sends a clear message that it is up to us to put in the hard work of discovering what those solutions might be and implementing them. Their success can be judged from the fact that the one at Tring in Herfordshire killed 39, in three years.

Home Hishory Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Yet they were unable to devise a system that allowed them to find the right balance with their environment. The fixed aspect of agriculture and urbanization led to greater demands from nearby water supplies and fertile soil. Kind of a People’s History of the World, but from an environmental perspective.

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He identifies several instances in human history and then posits that the current practices are putting us in real danger.

Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England. Pontin this context, the collapse of Rome has vital importance for our modern global civilization.

Clie English were the first to begin the shift to coal. Somehow, in this instance, they instead play to each cllve strengths to create a tome of rare quality, depth and relevance to our times. They cannot shift to horse power when motor vehicle extinction approaches. Coal lit the turbo thrusters for the Industrial Revolution, which accelerated the process of urbanization, and ignited two centuries of pandemonium. New York City was second with 2. Industrial agriculture is getting gray and wrinkled, its best days behind it.

The family of life is paying a terrible price for our ongoing ignorance of environmental history.

No trivia or quizzes ths. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. This book could have been interesting and so much better, but I found it boring and outdated. Every student in every nation should take a class based on this book, every year. There seemed little purpose to the history at that point except to continue the listing of our collective offenses.

There’s no need for Ponting to argue a thesis. This applies throughout the book.

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

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. He shows, for example, how the fall of Rome has particular and vital importance for our modern global civilization. I thought the book was very hiwtory about world history and what the effects of society development had on the planet.

Nov 04, Kevin Belanger rated it really liked it. Ponting provides cautionary tales of histoory collapse of early civilizations due to environmental deterioration. This broadened perspective is critically important when considering potential solutions. It picks up the garbage and carries it to landfills. The family of life is paying ckive terrible price for our ongoing ignorance of environmental history.

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Its dry academic tone and focus on facts rather than rhetoric are real assets here. Aug 08, David Anusontarangkul rated it liked it. Ponting argues for a higher sensitivity to the finite nature of our resources and the catastrophic impact on our modern world, should we continue to squander those resources. Fecal-oral diseases were popular, and bathing was not, especially in chilly months. World oil production was 95 million tons inmillion tons in2.

Be the first to ask a question about A Green History of the World. This should be one of the primers in any student’s basic history and environmental studies readings.

Clive Ponting documents the history of humanity beginning with Easter Island and ending in modern day. A Green History of the World The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations by Clive Ponting pages, paperback, Penguin, A Green History addresses the influence of the environment on human history over the past 10, years, starting with the expansion of hunting and gathering groups, and the transition to settled agriculture.

I had a great deal of trouble finishing this book. The New Human Rights Movement: But our reptilian brains have only evolved so much. greem

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

The Affluent Society so famously named conventional wisdoms are products of our physiological need to always place all nouns under “us versus them” inspection.

Ega ta tagasi ei hoia, karmis aususes lajatab autor ikka korralikult, armu andmata. Few places could afford even rudimentary sanitation pontjng. This is an important, disturbing, and compelling book.

Sprawling cities gobbled up nearby farms, increasing the distance between the inner city and their source of food.