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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.
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June 09, 2017
It took me some while to get into ‘The Shock of the Anthropocene’ because, not to put too fine a point on it, this book is a total fucking downer. Even if, like me, you have read the same summary of climate science many times and research its policy implications as your day job, this is a particu...
December 25, 2016
A well-argued and thorough critique of the use of the term "Anthropocene," which--arising from the geology community--has become quite popular in environmental circles in recent years. As Bonneuil and Fressoz argue, the term "Anthropocene" can risk obscuring more than it reveals by speaking of a...
February 06, 2017
Bonneuil and Fressoz breakdown the "Anthropocene" concept and modern environmentalism as a whole. They do not dispute that the Earth's climate is changing because of human actions in a drastic and non-linear fashion, but they do think the prevailing expressions of the "Anthropocene" are illusory....
January 12, 2016
An important dissection of a hot-button word, this book challenges us to alter our preconceptions about our place in nature -- and our current negative impact on the planet. Part exploration of how we got here, part suggestions on how to go forward in a more earth-centric way, one that will make...
December 19, 2016
A remarkable duo of historians produce an elegant, fast-paced, and methodical collection of historical sketches to contextualize our age: the Anthropocene. Read. Read again.
October 24, 2017
An excellent synthesis of works from many fields that must mentally and strategically adjust to the recent certification by geologists of a new epoch in the history of the earth; the Anthropocene; the age of indisputable human impact upon the planet, in geologic and atmospheric senses. The author...
October 28, 2017
A polemic on climate change and the impact of humanity on the earth. Very wide ranging in its scope running through the history of those who have challenged the climatic impact of industrialisation from before the industrial revolution, as well as the basic science behind the description of a new...
March 20, 2017
This is a simply breathtaking history. Powerfully argued, compulsively readable, informative and a much needed critical insight into what being human means - and what it means for the planet.
Part one lays out the framework for what the anthropocene means. The hard data that geologists have analys...
March 08, 2018
You don't need a PhD to read this, but it would help. For the concerned but uneducated reader, it is heavy enough to make Proust look like Seuss, and it took about 200 pages of hard work to finally feel like I'd got into it. Once I did, it was a fascinating and informative read, outstandingly wel...
May 15, 2017
A very impressive historiographical work compiling many different perspectives on the Anthropocene. The text can be a bit dry at times, but what it might lack in momentum it makes up for in sheer amounts of compiled information.