The Shock of the Anthropocene: The Earth, History and Us (Hardcover)

The Earth, History and Us

By Christophe Bonneuil, Jean-Baptiste Fressoz

Verso, 9781784780791, 320pp.

Publication Date: January 12, 2016

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Description

Dissecting the new theoretical buzzword of 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.


About the Author

Christophe Bonneuil is a historian at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique and edits the Anthropocene series for Editions du Seuil. Jean-Baptiste Fressoz, formerly a lecturer at Imperial College, London, is now a historian at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique.
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