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McNeill, John Robert

Works: 51 works in 228 publications in 7 languages and 8,661 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias  Cross-cultural studies  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: GF13, 304.280904
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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 )
25 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 2,348 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
The human web : a bird's-eye view of world history by John Robert McNeill( Book )
14 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 951 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
Atlantic American societies from Columbus through abolition, 1492-1888 by J. R McNeill( )
6 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Within the chronological framework of implantation, maturity and transition, this book provides the history of European expansion in the Americas from the age of Columbus through the abolition of slavery
Mosquito empires : ecology and war in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914 by John Robert McNeill( Book )
16 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 731 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 Suriname 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
Encyclopedia of world environmental history by Shepard Krech( Book )
6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Atlantic empires of France and Spain : Louisbourg and Havana, 1700-1763 by John Robert McNeill( Book )
9 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The mountains of the Mediterranean world : an environmental history by John Robert McNeill( Book )
23 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in English and Spanish and held by 434 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
A companion to global environmental history ( )
10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 420 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, to provide an essential road map to past developments, current controversies, and future developments for specialists and newcomers alike.Combines temporal, geographic, thematic and contextual approaches from prehistory to the present dayExplores environmental thought and action around the world, to give readers a cultural, intellectual and political context for engagement with the environment in modern timesBrings toge
Rethinking environmental history : world-system history and global environmental change by Alf Hornborg( Book )
7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 383 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
Environmental histories of the Cold War by J. R McNeill( Book )
13 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 276 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." Présentation de l'éditeur
Environmental history in the Pacific world ( Book )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Soils and societies : perspectives from environmental history ( Book )
8 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Environmental history : as if nature existed ( Book )
10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 169 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 )
6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 133 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
Blue planet : die Geschichte der Umwelt im 20. Jahrhundert by John Robert McNeill( Book )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in German and held by 97 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
Du nouveau sous le soleil : une histoire de l'environnement mondial au XXe siècle by John Robert McNeill( Book )
7 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in French and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Het menselijk web : de wereldgeschiedenis in vogelvlucht by John Robert McNeill( Book )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in Dutch and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Geschiedenis van de menselijke samenleving, waarin de auteurs zich vooral richten op de economische ontwikkeling en wat daarmee annex is
Scarred lands & wounded lives the environmental footprint of war ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In all its stages, from the production of weapons through combat to cleanup and restoration, war pollutes land, air and water, destroys biodiversity, and drains natural resources. Yet the environmental damage of war and preparation for war is routinely underestimated, underreported, even ignored. The environment remains war's 'silent casualty.'"--Container
Qualcosa di nuovo sotto il sole : storia dell'ambiente nel 20. secolo by John Robert McNeill( Book )
2 editions published in 2002 in Italian and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Atlantic American societies from Columbus through abolition, 1492 to 1888 ( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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English (152)
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