British historian Clive Ponting did a fantastic amount of research, and . Ponting, Clive, A New Green History of the World: The Environment. 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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I wish he would have used some notes. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Clive Ponting Snippet view – A New Green History of the World: More horses were needed to haul more food over more miles. Ships from and sold by Little Horse Books.

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That conquest is contemporary with the first serious decline in crop yields following widespread salinisation. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

Mobilizing to Save Civilizationamong other sources are probably necessary to stem the tide of destruction, they cannot be sufficient because they don’t address the fundamental factors that have given rise to these problems in the first place – our very outlook on the world and the way it causes us to treat it and each other. Our global civilization is completely addicted to ever-increasing quantities of finite nonrenewable resources.

If there is a single book on the subject to engage the enthusiast, silence the cynic and enlighten the ignoramus, this is it. 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. As informative as Ponting’s catalog of offenses is, after reading Diamond and Fagan, I’m surprised at the dearth of pre- This book began well, and does offer some interesting insight, but while I anticipated a lot more reconstructions via archaeology of historical situations, what I got was mostly an indictment of colonialism and imperialism, for its exploitative practices in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as the post-colonial fallout of the later 20th and early 21st centuries.


When you look at the world and human history it is imperative that you keep these people in mind. Newer Post Older Post Home. By BC, when yields were only about a third of the level obtained during the Early Dynastic period, the agricultural base of Sumer had effectively collapsed and the focus of Mesopotamian society shifted permanently to the north, where a succession of imperial states controlled the region, and Sumer declined into insignificance as an underpopulated, impoverished backwater of empire.

The family of life is paying a terrible price for our ongoing ignorance of environmental history. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Having visited the entire Mediterranean area and Middle East I saw the signs of historic deforestation and overgrazing and bad agricultural practices. The last handful of chapters I read was enough to keep me awake.

The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations. Haven’t finished it yet. Our ideologies as Galbraith Economist: As cities grew, they got too big for foot travelers, so horse-drawn buses, trolleys, cabs, and coaches came into service.

A Green History of the World

Books by Clive Ponting. What we do need is comprehensive and credible information to base our analysis and decisions on.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Since the dawn of agriculture, humans have pretty much been doing all they can to exploit the planet for maximum gain although with relatively good intentions – namely to feed, clothe and shelter people. Well that I used to think that people would never destroy their home earth intentionally knowing quite well their children and children’s children ths be faced with a bleak existence. More horses were needed to haul more food over more miles.


New York City was second with 2. To ask other readers questions about A Green History of the Worldplease sign up. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. When it could no longer pohting the pressure, the society that had been painfully built up over the previous thousand years fell with it. Aug pontingg, David Anusontarangkul rated it liked it. The last half of the book made points that I was already aware of and then supported those points with way more information than I was interested in.

Although I was basically born an clivw, the books I read at this time in my life formed the foundation of my thinking.

Required book for Environmental Sociology Trivia About A Green History o I used to think that people would never destroy their home earth intentionally knowing quite well their children and children’s children would be faced with a bleak existence. It powers farms, ships, air travel, factories, mines, refineries, lighting, communication systems, and on and on.

The rest gets a bit better, but not much.

Looking for beautiful books? Few have a competent understanding of the path we have taken, or the predicaments that now threaten us. Available in Pimlico are his most recent books: Sort of obviously bleeds through that Ponting is British with a strong opinion that America and thee policies Fascinating outline of man’s cultural evolution and how it has been built upon the utilization of natural resources of the planet.

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