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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.
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...
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.
May 23, 2017
The most satisfying environmental history since Cronon's 'Nature's Metropolis'! Its erudition is unmatched--a thorough scrutiny of the Anthropocene's many proposed histories form the Thermocene to the Capitalocene.
January 19, 2017
The book has many brilliant arguments and I also agree with the authors' concerns and share with them the same anxiety about current humanity. But one danger of this book is that by bringing up Anthropocene as a grand historical narrative, and a new approach of humanity, the authors might show to...
January 27, 2016
Humans have been altering the earth systems since they first appeared, but the scale and corresponding impact of their alterations reaches unprecedented levels in the last 250 years. During those 250 year, we have changed the planet sufficiently to become a geological, in addition to being biolog...