Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-century World

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Penguin, 2000 - Human ecology - 421 pages
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In the course of the 20th century the human race, without intending anything of the sort, undertook a giant, uncontrolled experiment on the earth. In time, according to John McNeill in his new book, the environmental dimension of 20th century history will overshadow the importance of its world wars, the rise and fall of communism, and the spread of mass literacy. Contrary to the wisdom of Ecclesiastes that there is nothing new under the sun, McNeill sets out to show that the massive change we have wrought in our physical world has indeed created something new. 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.

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Review: Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World

User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

Very worthwhile, thoughtful argument about how technological advances--particularly those related to energy extraction and exploitation--really did create a different world in the 20th century. The ... Read full review

Review: Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World

User Review  - Caro - Goodreads

Depressing, of course, but written in an even-handed way. The introduction is quite witty, the rest fairly dry. Didn't quite finish it. Read full review

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