Something New Under the Sun by J. R. McNeill
An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World (The Global Century Series)

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"Refreshingly unpolemical and at times even witty, McNeill's book brims with carefully sifted statistics and brilliant details."—Washington Post Book World


The history of the twentieth century is most often told through its world wars, the rise and fall of communism, or its economic upheavals. In his startling new book, J. R. McNeill gives us our first general account of what may prove to be the most significant dimension of the twentieth century: its environmental history. To a degree unprecedented in human history, we have refashioned the earth's air, water, and soil, and the biosphere of which we are a part. Based on exhaustive research, McNeill's story—a compelling blend of anecdotes, data, and shrewd analysis—never preaches: it is our definitive account. This is a volume in The Global Century Series (general editor, Paul Kennedy).
 

About J. R. McNeill

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J. R. McNeill is professor of history at Georgetown University. He is the author of "The Mountains of the Mediterranean World" & other works. William H. McNeill is Professor of History, Emeritus, University of Chicago and author of, among other books, "The Rise of the West", which won the National Book Award in 1964, and Plagues and Peoples".
 
Published April 17, 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company. 448 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Our profligate, fossil fuel-based civilization is ecologically unsustainable and creates perpetual environmental disturbance, says Georgetown University history professor McNeill, but he remains undec

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Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth Century John McNeill Allen Lane, £20, 436pp Buy it at BOL.

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