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McNeill, John Robert

Works: 105 works in 445 publications in 7 languages and 10,725 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias  Reference works  Cross-cultural studies  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor, Author of introduction
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 )

41 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,408 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 )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 952 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
Encyclopedia of world environmental history by Shepard Krech( Book )

9 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 658 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
Mosquito empires : ecology and war in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914 by John Robert McNeill( Book )

23 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 632 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
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 524 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 442 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 )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 409 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
Atlantic American societies : from Columbus through abolition, 1492-1888 by John Robert McNeill( Book )

18 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 361 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
A companion to global environmental history( Book )

19 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 269 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
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 265 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 )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soils and societies : perspectives from environmental history( Book )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 192 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 --
Environmental history : as if nature existed( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 191 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 183 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 )

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 great acceleration : an environmental history of the anthropocene since 1945 by John Robert McNeill( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 116 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
Qualcosa di nuovo sotto il sole : storia dell'ambiente nel 20. secolo by John Robert McNeill( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in Italian and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge world history( Book )

19 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 48 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
Wen ming zhi wang : wu guo jie de ren lei jin hua shi by John Robert McNeill( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in Chinese and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge world history( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The era from 1400 to 1800 saw intense biological, commercial, and cultural exchanges, and the creation of global connections on an unprecedented scale. Divided into two books, Volume 6 of the 'Cambridge World History' series considers these critical transformations. The first book examines the material and political foundations of the era, including global considerations of the environment, disease, technology, and cities, along with regional studies of empires in the eastern and western hemispheres, crossroads areas such as the Indian Ocean, Central Asia, and the Caribbean, and sites of competition and conflict, including Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean. The second book focuses on patterns of change, examining the expansion of Christianity and Islam, migrations, warfare, and other topics on a global scale, and offering insightful detailed analyses of the Columbian exchange, slavery, silver, trade, entrepreneurs, Asian religions, legal encounters, plantation economies, early industrialism, and the writing of history
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Something new under the sun : an environmental history of the twentieth-century world
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English (265)

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German (9)

Italian (4)

Chinese (2)

Finnish (1)

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The human web : a bird's-eye view of world historyEncyclopedia of world environmental historyMosquito empires : ecology and war in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914The mountains of the Mediterranean world : an environmental historyRethinking environmental history : world-system history and global environmental changeAtlantic American societies : from Columbus through abolition, 1492-1888Environmental histories of the Cold WarEnvironmental history in the Pacific world