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The shock of the anthropocene : the earth, history and us
Bonneuil, Christophe, author
London : Verso, 2017
Part One. What's in a word? 1. Welcome to the anthropocene ; 2. Thinking with Gaia : towards environmental humanities -- Part Two. Speaking for the earth, guiding humanity : deconstructing the geocratic grand narrative of the anthropocene. 3. Clio, the earth and the anthropocenologists ; 4. Who is the anthropos? -- Part Three. What histories for the anthropocene? 5. Thermocene : a political history of CO₂ ; 6. Thanatocene : power and ecocide ; 7. Phagocene : consuming the planet ; 8. Phronocene : grammars of environmental reflexivity ; 9. Agnotocene : externalizing nature, economizing the world ; 10. Capitalocene : a combined history of earth system and world-systems ; 11. Polemocene : resisting the deterioration of the earth since 1750 -- Conclusion : surviving and living the anthropocene.

"The Earth has entered a new epoch: the Anthropocene. What we are facing is not only an environmental crisis, but a geological revolution of human origin. In two centuries, our planet has tipped into a state unknown for millions of years. How did we get to this point? Refuting the convenient view of a "human species" that upset the Earth system, unaware of what it was doing, this book proposes the first critical history of the Anthropocene, shaking up many accepted ideas: about our supposedly recent "environmental awareness," about previous challenges to industrialism, about the manufacture of ignorance and consumerism, about so-called energy transitions, as well as about the role of the military in environmental destruction. In a dialogue between science and history, The Shock of the Anthropocene dissects a new theoretical buzzword and explores paths for living and acting politically in this rapidly developing geological epoch."--
Baker Berry GF75 .B66 2017

The matter of history : how things create the past
LeCain, Timothy J., 1960- author
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017
List of illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Fellow travelers: the nonhuman things that make us human -- We never left Eden: the religious and secular marginalization of matter -- Natural-born humans: a neo-materialist theory and method of history -- The longhorn: the animal intelligence behind American open-range ranching -- The silkworm: the innovative insects behind Japanese modernization -- The copper atom: conductivity and the great convergence of Japan and the West -- The matter of humans: beyond the anthroposcene and toward a new humanism -- Index.

New insights into the microbiome, epigenetics, and cognition are radically challenging our very idea of what it means to be 'human', while an explosion of neo-materialist thinking in the humanities has fostered a renewed appreciation of the formative powers of a dynamic material environment. 'The Matter of History' brings these scientific and humanistic ideas together to develop a bold new post-anthropocentric understanding of the past, one that reveals how powerful organisms and things help to create humans in all their dimensions, biological, social, and cultural. Timothy J. LeCain combines cutting-edge theory and detailed empirical analysis to explain the extraordinary late-nineteenth century convergence between the United States and Japan at the pivotal moment when both were emerging as global superpowers. Illustrating the power of a deeply material social and cultural history, 'The Matter of History' argues that three powerful things - cattle, silkworms, and copper - helped to drive these previously diverse nations towards a global 'Great Convergence'.
Baker Berry GF13 .L43 2017

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