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

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Penguin Books, 1991 - Nature - 430 pages
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Historian Clive Ponting demonstrates in this book that the answer has urgent relevance for our modern global civilization. The Roman empire, ever expanding in population and ever evolving in technological complexity finally exhausted its bountiful natural resources and experienced an ecological breakdown that doomed the society. Ponting shows how the story is repeated throughout human history and all over the globe, from Sumeria to ancient Egypt to pre-Columbian North America to tiny Easter Island - Human beings prosper by exploiting Earth's resources until those resources can no longer sustain the society's population, which leads to the decline and eventual collapse of that society

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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. We can all agree that ... Read full review

Contents

The Foundations of History
8
Influence of the physical world significance and role of ecosystems effect
18
The Settlement of the World
24
Copyright

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Clive Ponting is the author of several books on world history.

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