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McNeill, John Robert

Works: 113 works in 498 publications in 7 languages and 11,312 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias  Reference works  Cross-cultural studies  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Contributor, edc
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Most widely held works by John Robert McNeill
Something new under the sun : an environmental history of the twentieth-century world by John Robert McNeill( Book )

57 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the course of the twentieth century the human race, without intending anything of the sort, has undertaken a giant, uncontrolled experiment on the earth. In time, according to J.R. McNeill in his startling new book, the environmental dimension of twentieth-century history will overshadow the importance of events like the world wars, the rise and fall of communism, and the spread of mass literacy. Contrary to the wisdom of Ecclesiastes that "there is nothing new under the sun," McNeill sets out to show that the massive change we have wrought in our physical world has indeed created something new. To a degree unprecedented in human history, we have refashioned the earth's air, water, and soil, and the biosphere of which we are a part." "McNeill's work is a fruitful compound of history and science. McNeill infuses a substrate of ecology with a lively historical sensibility to the significance of politics, international relations, technological change, and great events. He charts and explores the breathtaking ways in which we have changed the natural world with a keen eye for character and a refreshing respect for the unforeseen in history."--Jacket
Atlantic American societies : from Columbus through abolition, 1492-1888 by John Robert McNeill( )

20 editions published between 1992 and 2002 in English and held by 1,510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Within the chronological framework of Implantation, Maturation and Transition, this book provides the history of European expansion in the Americas from the age of Columbus through the abolition of slavery. Suggesting a shift in the traditional units of analysis away from nationally defined boundaries, this volume considers all of the Americas - and Africa - to encourage students to see the larger interimperial issues which governed behaviour in both the new world and the old. It also provides students with a mechanism for viewing interimperial rivalries from the largest possible perspective, by focusing, not only on commercial and demographic history and military and economic interaction between metropolitan regions and their colonies, but on the interdependence of European, African, and Amerindian peoples and culture
The human web : a bird's-eye view of world history by John Robert McNeill( Book )

22 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study on human patterns, interactions, and conflict from the earliest periods in history considers such topics as the evolution of religion, the western world's dominance in the world market, and the creation of ancient agriculture
Mosquito empires : ecology and war in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914 by John Robert McNeill( Book )

22 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explores the links among ecology, disease, and international politics in the context of the Greater Caribbean - the landscapes lying between Surinam and the Chesapeake - in the seventeenth through early twentieth centuries. Ecological changes made these landscapes especially suitable for the vector mosquitoes of yellow fever and malaria, and these diseases wrought systematic havoc among armies and would-be settlers. Because yellow fever confers immunity on survivors of the disease, and because malaria confers resistance, these diseases played partisan roles in the struggles for empire and revolution, attacking some populations more severely than others. In particular, yellow fever and malaria attacked newcomers to the region, which helped keep the Spanish Empire Spanish in the face of predatory rivals in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. In the late eighteenth and through the nineteenth century, these diseases helped revolutions to succeed by decimating forces sent out from Europe to prevent them
Encyclopedia of world environmental history by Shepard Krech( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains 520 alphabetically arranged entries that examine the environmental history of the world, covering the arts, economic systems, people, places, events, religion, biomes, technology and science, climate, energy sources, regulation, and other topics; and includes maps, photographs, sidebars, and an index
A companion to global environmental history by John Robert McNeill( )

22 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Companion to Global Environmental History offers multiple points of entry into the history and historiography of this dynamic and fast-growing field, providing an essential road map to past interpretations, current controversies, and future developments for specialists and newcomers alike
Atlantic empires of France and Spain : Louisbourg and Havana, 1700-1763 by John Robert McNeill( Book )

11 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mountains of the Mediterranean world : an environmental history by John Robert McNeill( Book )

28 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in English and Spanish and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Mountains of the Mediterranean World: An Environmental History examines five mountain areas in the Mediterranean: the Taurus in southern Turkey, the northern Pindus in Greece, the southern Apennines in Italy, the Sierra Nevada in Spain, and the Rif in Morocco. This work traces the history of settlement and population in each area, and its relation with the physical aspects of the land, especially the vegetation and soil. How the physical and social landscapes of the Mediterranean mountains were created, and the relation between them, are the central focus of these studies. J.R. McNeill argues that despite a long tradition of human influence in the Mediterranean, the conspicuous degradation of the mountainous environments is a recent event, and that depopulation of these regions is in part a response to environmental decline. This decline did not occur without human influence, as both demographic pressure and a changing economy were important factors. The notable social and political unrest in the Mediterranean world of this period is also suggested to have derived some of its impetus from the desperation of these mountain people, whose forest and soil thinned with each passing generation
Rethinking environmental history : world-system history and global environmental change( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This exciting new reader in environmental history provides a framework for understanding the relations between ecosystems and world-systems over time. Alf Hornborg, J.R. McNeill, and Joan Martinez-Alier have brought together a group of the prominent social scientists, historians, and geographical scientists to provide a historical overview of the ecological dimension of global economic processes. Readers are challenged to integrate studies of the Earth-system with studies of the world-system, and to reconceptualize the relations between human beings and their environment, as well as the challenges of global sustainability."--Pub. desc
The great acceleration : an environmental history of the anthropocene since 1945 by John Robert McNeill( )

16 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book explains the scale, scope, pace, and character of environmental change around the world since the middle of the twentieth century as well as the reasons behind it. From the biology of the deep ocean to the chemistry of the stratosphere, and almost everywhere in between, human actions have led to ecological alterations great and small. While our species has exerted environmental impacts, occasionally substantial ones since the Paleolithic, never before has humankind had such an impact on the Earth. A massive uncontrolled experiment is underway. Where it might lead, no one can yet say. The reasons behind this environmental tumult are sometimes obvious and sometimes obscure. This book highlights the role of the modern energy system and the economic growth it has fostered, but pays heed as well to population growth, urbanization, migration, the Cold War, and environmentalisms, among other trends and phenomena that affected the global environment. The pace of indicators such as energy use, population growth, species extinctions, fresh water use, carbon dioxide emissions, and many more has led some students of environmental change to label the period after 1950 as The Great Acceleration. This book argues that concept is valid. In addition, it argues that the scale and scope of environmental change have altered basic biogeochemical cycles to the point where the Earth has entered a new period in its history: the Anthropocene. Humankind, too, has entered a new age in which it rivals natural forces in shaping the Earth, its biota, its climate, and its prospects"--Provided by publisher
Environmental histories of the Cold War by John Robert McNeill( Book )

22 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Environmental Histories of the Cold War explores the links between the Cold War and the global environment, ranging from the environmental impacts of nuclear weapons to the political repercussions of environmentalism. Environmental change accelerated sharply during the Cold War years, and so did environmentalism as both a popular movement and a scientific preoccupation. Most Cold War history entirely overlooks this rise of environmentalism and the crescendo of environmental change. These historical subjects were not only simultaneous but also linked together in ways both straightforward and surprising. The contributors to this book present these connected issues as a global phenomenon, with chapters concerning China, the USSR, Europe, North America, Oceania, and elsewhere. The role of experts as agents and advocates of using the environment as a weapon in the Cold War or, contrastingly, of preventing environmental damage resulting from Cold War politics is also given broad attention."--
Environmental history in the Pacific world( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Environmental history : as if nature existed( Book )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume is situated at the crossroads of two new sub-disciplines - ecological economics and environmental history. The common concern of environmental historians is to ask when and how humans have reshaped the earth and in turn how nature has influenced human choices. At a time of epochal economic and ecological change, there are new insights and debates into how economic and ecological processes are inseparable. This volume fills a vacuum by addressing precisely these concerns." "Histories of environmental change and ecological economics are both cutting-edge disciplines, and this collection presents writings of some of the world's leading scholars on a range of topics. The conceptual essays explore issues of technology choice and energy options. Case studies from emerging economies such as Brazil, India, and China take a rare look at the affinity between ecology and economics, covering topics as diverse as human migration and mining, deforestation, and the gene-based agricultural revolution With contributions from the fields of sociology, history, ecology, and economics, in a language that is as lucid as the approach is sophisticated, this work is vital to anyone interested in a future that reconciles sustainability and equity. Scholars, teachers, and students of natural and social sciences, policymakers, and engaged citizens will find in it ideas that will both stimulate and inform."--Jacket
Global environmental history : an introductory reader by John Robert McNeill( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Global Environmental History introduces this rapidly developing field through a broad and thought-provoking range of expert contributions. Environmental history is a subject especially suited to global and transnational approaches and, over the course of the present generation, an increasing number of scholars have taken up the challenge that it presents. The collection begins with a series of chapters offering truly global visions; they range from reflections on the role of animals in environmental history to an overview of
Soils and societies : perspectives from environmental history( Book )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Described in Nature as 'a delight for the soil aficionado', this multi-authored collection examines the complex interrelations between societies in different parts of the world and the soils they relied on from the perspectives of geomorphology, archaeology, pedology and history. The geographical spread includes Mesoamerica, Africa, Europe, Australia, India and Easter Island. Few things are more important to human survival than the fertility of the soils from which so much of our food comes. Yet few aspects of the relationship between human society and the environment get so little attention. This book explores some of the enormous variety in the ways that people have worked with, thought about, damaged and restored soils. It also shows some of the ways in which soils, their properties and their histories have influenced human affairs. Soils are the substrate of all human society: from the palaeolithic to the present, their history is our history --
Mining North America : an environmental history since 1522 by John Robert McNeill( Book )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the past five hundred years, North Americans have increasingly turned to mining to produce many of their basic social and cultural objects. From cell phones to cars and roadways, metal pots to wall tile and even talcum powder, minerals products have become central to modern North American life. As this process has unfolded, mining has also indelibly shaped the natural world and North Americans' relationship with it. Mountains have been honeycombed, rivers poisoned, and forests leveled. The effects of these environmental transformations have fallen unevenly across North American societies. Mining North America examines these developments. Drawing on the work of scholars from Mexico, the United States, and Canada, this book explores how mining has shaped North America over the last half millennium. It covers an array of minerals and geographies while seeking to draw mining into the core debates that animate North American environmental history generally. Taken together, the authors' contributions make a powerful case for the centrality of mining in forging North American environments and societies"--Provided by publisher
Blue planet : die Geschichte der Umwelt im 20. Jahrhundert by John Robert McNeill( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in German and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Die nachhaltigste Veränderung, die das 20. Jahrhundert dem Menschen gebracht hat, ist die von ihm selbst herbeigeführte Umgestaltung seiner natürlichen Umgebung. In den letzten 100 Jahren haben die Menschen weltweit zehnmal so viel Energie verbraucht wie in den 1000 Jahren davor
The Cambridge world history. Production, destruction, and connection, 1750 to the present ; 1( )

23 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge World History is an authoritative new overview of the dynamic field of world history. It covers the whole of human history, not simply history since the development of written records, in an expanded time frame that represents the latest thinking in world and global history. With over two hundred essays, it is the most comprehensive account yet of the human past, and it draws on a broad international pool of leading academics from a wide range of scholarly disciplines. Reflecting the increasing awareness that world history can be examined through many different approaches and at varying geographic and chronological scales, each volume offers regional, topical, and comparative essays alongside case studies that provide depth of coverage to go with the breadth of vision that is the distinguishing characteristic of world history
The Cambridge world history( )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since 1750, the world has become ever more connected, with processes of production and destruction no longer limited by land- or water-based modes of transport and communication. Volume 7 of the 'Cambridge World History' series, divided into two books, offers a variety of angles of vision on the increasingly interconnected history of humankind. The first book examines structures, spaces, and processes within which and through which the modern world was created, including the environment, energy, technology, population, disease, law, industrialization, imperialism, decolonization, nationalism, and socialism, along with key world regions
The Columbian exchange : biological and cultural consequences of 1492 by Alfred W Crosby( )

7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirty years ago, Alfred Crosby published a small work that stressed a simple point - that the most important changes brought on by the voyages of Columbus were not social or political, but biological in nature. This 30th anniversary edition includes a new preface from the author
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Something new under the sun : an environmental history of the twentieth-century world
Atlantic American societies : from Columbus through abolition, 1492-1888The human web : a bird's-eye view of world historyMosquito empires : ecology and war in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914Encyclopedia of world environmental historyThe mountains of the Mediterranean world : an environmental historyRethinking environmental history : world-system history and global environmental changeEnvironmental histories of the Cold WarEnvironmental history in the Pacific world
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