A New Green History of the World
The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations
By (author) Clive Ponting
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New Green History of the World by Clive Ponting
Book DescriptionLike Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel, Clive Ponting's book studies the relationship between the environment and human history. It examines world civilisations from Sumeria to ancient Egypt, from Easter Island to the Roman Empire and it argues that human beings have repeatedly built societies that have grown and prospered by exploiting the Earth's resources, only to expand to the point where those resources could no longer sustain the societies' populations and cause subsequent collapse. This new edition of Clive Ponting's international bestseller has been revised, expanded and updated. It provides not only a compelling story of how we have damaged the environment for thousands of years but also an up-to-the-minute assessment of the crisis facing the world today - and the problems that have to be addressed in the search for solutions.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099516682
(198mm x 129mm x 29mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Clive Ponting
Gunpowder, Paperback (November 2006)
Tells the story of the huge impact of gunpowder on every state and empire in the world. This title includes interesting facts.
Crimean War, Paperback (November 2005)
Tells the story of the heroism of the ordinary soldiers, through eye-witness accounts of the men who fought and those who survived the terrible winter of 1854-55. To contemporaries, it was 'The Great War with Russia' - fought not only in the Black Sea and the Crimea, but also in the Baltic, the Arctic, the Pacific, and the Caucasus.
Thirteen Days, Paperback (June 2003)
Diplomatic history - of 13 July 1914 to Tuesday 4 August - with a narrative of mounting tension and containing much orginal research and analysis.
World History, Paperback (October 2001)» View all books by Clive Ponting
Starting from the assumption that the human story has to be seen in the round, this history examines the evolution of humans, their lives as hunters and gatherers and their eventual adoption of agriculture, before looking at the emergence of civilization across the globe.
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Author Biography - Clive Ponting
Clive Ponting was until recently Reader in Politics and International Relations at the University of Wales, Swansea. Available in Pimlico are his most recent books: A New Green History Of The World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations; Gunpowder: From the Alchemists of China to the Battlefields of Europe; The Pimlico History of the Twentieth Century; World History: A New Perspective; Thirteen Days: The Road to the First World War; and The Crimean War. He recently took early retirement and now lives on a small Greek island where he is creating a Mediterranean garden and cultivating olives.
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