The Shock of the Anthropocene: The Earth, History and Us
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Published By Verso Books
ISBN : 9781784780791
Category : Economics
Format : Hardback
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“At a time when the word ‘Anthropocene’ is becoming so fashionable, this well-documented and well-argued book will help readers sort out the various meanings of this most unstable label … The authors show the bewildering varieties of historical actors at work in what is called the ‘environmental crisis’” – Bruno Latour, author of Inquiry into Modes of Existence

“A very important book. In this historically rich and meticulously detailed work, Bonneuil and Fressoz show us how to keep our head without losing our heart to technocracy.” – Timothy Morton, author of Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World

“Cleverly argued and extremely compelling, this book offers a remarkably timely analysis and critique of the very notion of the Anthropocene. It’s widely held that modern industrial societies innocently and ignorantly generated the forces that have wrought such dramatic ecological effects on their world. It’s also believed that only very recently, because of the heroic work of a few visionaries, has this ignorance been overcome and the truth of the Anthropocene at last revealed. Using an astonishing range of sources from climate sciences and economics, history and technology, Bonneuil and Fressoz brilliantly show the utter falsity of this story, and why it matters so much.” – Simon Schaffer, University of Cambridge

“This revelatory, lucid and daring book rejects the delusions of control implicit in conventional environmentalism, and outlines the enormity of the changes necessary for us to continue to live in the Anthropocene.” – David Edgerton, King’s College London

“A timely book which firmly grounds history in the stuff that the sciences now tell us about what commodified life does to the planet. This is an essential volume for the project of historical thought and action.” – McKenzie Wark, author of Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene

“A wide-ranging essay that combines elements of environmental history, history of science and technology, and economic and intellectual history, while covering an extensive geographic base including British, American, French, and German cases.” – Public Books

“This book attacks such widespread ideas as ‘sustainable development,’ ‘green growth,’ or, still worse, ‘geo-engineering’—the new manifestation of the blind faith in a technological process supposedly now capable of reducing global warming by various clever tricks.” – La Vie

“These two historians have undertaken to explain the entry into this new epoch and reveal its major determinants.” – Le Monde

“Challenges the certainties of our modernity, our mode of development and our view of the world.” – Libération

Christophe Bonneuil is a historian at the CNRS and edits the 'Anthropocene' series for Editions du Seuil. His publications include Une autre histoire des 'Trentes glorieuses'. Modernisation, contestations et pollutions dans la France d'apres-guerre, and Sciences, techniques et societe. Jean-Baptiste Fressoz, formerly a lecturer at Imperial College, London, is now also a historian at the CNRS. He is the author of L'Apocalypse joyeuse. Une histoire du risque technologique, and Introduction a l'histoire environnementale.


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