Something New Under the Sun

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

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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 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).
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 155 x 234 x 30mm | 630g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 40 b/w photographs, 15 maps
  • 0393321835
  • 9780393321838
  • 212,507

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"This scientifically informed survey makes a useful resource for environmentalists, scholars, globalists, biologists, policy makers and concerned readers." -- Publishers Weekly "A monumental, important, and timely work of interdisciplinary scholarship, written to be accessible to anyone interested in the relationship between our species and the planet that supports us." -- Chris Lavers - The Guardian "Refreshingly unpolemical and at times even witty, McNeill's book brims with carefully sifted statistics and brilliant details." -- Washington Post
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About J. R. McNeill

J. R. McNeill is University Professor of History at Georgetown University. He is the author of award-winning works in world and environmental history. These include The Human Web: A Bird's-Eye View of World History (co-authored with his father and world-history founder, William H. McNeill), and Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World, both published by Norton. McNeill is a recent past president of the American Historical Association.
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