Zelené dějiny světa
Životní prostředí a kolaps velkých civilizací
[A Green History of the World]
history, science – environment, anthropology and ethnography
paperback, 478 pp., 1. edition
translation: Hrubý, Jiří
published: may 2018
recommended price: 450 czk
This book offers a new view of the history of humankind, the rise of great civilizations and the reasons for their collapse. It reveals the role the exhaustion of available natural resources has played in the collapse of great cultures in human history and describes the influence of the environment on our history over the past 10,000 years. The book opens with Easter Island, which serves as a deterrent example of the inability of human society to stop devastating natural resources.
At the present time, our global society exploits incomparably larger resources. Will we be able to overcome the same obstacles that led to the decline of earlier civilizations? Clive Ponting does not propose a solution, instead offering an extensive and sobering view of the history of humankind and its relationship to the environment.