A Green History of the World: The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations (Paperback)
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Short Description for A Green History of the World This study of world civilizations argues that humans have built prosperous societies by exploiting the Earth's resources, only to expand too much and collapse. The book argues for a realization of the finite nature of our resources, and the impact should we continue squandering them.
- Published: 29 April 1993
- Format: Paperback 448 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780140176605 ISBN 10: 0140176608
- Sales rank: 1,174,484
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A study of world civilizations, from Sumeria to Ancient Egypt to the Roman Empire of pre-Columbian North America and tiny Easter Island, that argues that over and over again, human beings have built societies that have grown and prospered by exploiting the Earth's resources, only to expand to the point where those resources could no longer sustain the societies' populations, and subsequently collapse. In this context, the collapse of Rome has vital importance for our modern global civilization. Destructive environmental behaviour today takes place on a scale much greater than in previous times, and the results will be similarly multiplied. This book, calmly and sanely, argues for an increased realization of the finite nature of our resources, and the impact on our world should we continue squandering those resources.