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Ponting, Clive

Overview
Works: 47 works in 261 publications in 10 languages and 6,648 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author
Classifications: GF75, 304.28
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Most widely held works by Clive Ponting
A green history of the world : the environment and the collapse of great civilizations by Clive Ponting( Book )

59 editions published between 1991 and 2002 in 8 languages and held by 1,732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provocative and rich in illuminating detail, sanely and calmly argued to view the nature of history with new eyes
1940 : myth and reality by Clive Ponting( Book )

22 editions published between 1989 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines British government policy during World War II, arguing that widely held beliefs about Britain's role in the events of 1940 are largely myth
The twentieth century : a world history by Clive Ponting( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Eschewing conventional chronological accounts, The Twentieth Century is organized around the major themes of the last hundred years. To help us understand our recent past and probable future, Clive Ponting offers a "world systems" theory. His analysis holds that a few core states have dominated much of the rest of the world, which provides raw materials and cheap labor and remains tied to the core as virtual colonial territory. Between these extremes are Latin America, the Middle East, and eastern Asia, which have a limited shot at self-determination. Economic, social, and political differences between the core and periphery continue to grow. Atlantic predominance, which molded world history for four hundred years, has been challenged by the countries of the Pacific." "The book's central theme revolves around the struggle between progress and barbarism; the hope for our future is that "our conscience will catch up with our reason.""--Jacket
A new green history of the world : the environment and the collapse of great civilizations by Clive Ponting( Book )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 789 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clive Ponting's original and provocative history of human civilization, now in a thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated edition. Years ahead of its time, Clive Ponting captivated readers with A Green History of the World, his study of great civilizations and the causes of their fall. Using the Roman empire as its central example, this classic work reveals how overexpansion and the exhaustion of available natural resources have played key roles in the collapse of all great cultures in human history. With an argument of urgent relevance to our modern society, A Green History of the World offers a provocative and illuminating view of human history and its relationship to the environment
The Crimean War by Clive Ponting( Book )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clive Ponting explodes many of the romantic myths to do with the war, and recounts the heroism of ordinary men. Eye-witness accounts include war correspondent William Russell of The Times, and Leo Tolstoy who was caught up in the action while visiting his brother
Churchill by Clive Ponting( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and Czech and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Secrecy in Britain by Clive Ponting( Book )

7 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of secrecy in Britain which discusses the passing of the 1911 and 1920 Acts, and famous prosecutions brought under these Acts. The author charts the growth of secrecy institutions in Britain in non-security areas, the developoment of the "secret state" and growing pressure for reform
Whitehall : tragedy and farce by Clive Ponting( Book )

10 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

World history : a new perspective by Clive Ponting( Book )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and Turkish and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conventional accounts of world history tend to focus on the rise of Western civilisation and concentrate on the story of ancient Greece, the Roman empire and the expansion of Europe. The histories of the great civilisations of China, India and Japan, and therefore the experience of the majority of the world's people, have been relegated to a minor place. World History adopts a radically different approach. Starting from the assumption that the human story has to be seen in the round, it examines the evolution of humans, their lives as hunters and gatherers and their eventual adoption of agriculture, before looking at the emergence of civilisation across the globe; in Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, the Indus Valley, Mesoamerica and Peru. It goes on to tell the story of the earliest empires, emphasising not just their differences but also their similarities. It explains how contacts were established between them and how technologies, ideas and the world's great religions travelled from one to another. It describes the great empires of Islam, of China and of the Mongols. Only towards the end of the story does Europe come slowly to dominate the world, against the background of technical innovations and social and economic change
The right to know : the inside story of the Belgrano affair by Clive Ponting( Book )

9 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirteen days : the road to the First World War by Clive Ponting( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ponting examines the 13 days leading up to World War I, beginning with a dramatic recreation of the assassination in Sarajevo, followed by a description of the developments city by city, day by day
Gunpowder by Clive Ponting( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book tells the story of the huge impact of gunpowder on every state and empire in the world. For 400 years the Chinese kept it to themselves, until a Mongol soldier leaked the secret to the Islamic world, where gunpowder played a crucial role in the rise of the great empires of the Ottomans and the Mughals: the spectacular capture of Constantinople in 1453 was accomplished through new siege tactics, while India was conquered with muskets and artillery mounted on 700 carts held together with ox harnesses." "Even more important was the impact of gunpowder on Europe where, driven by the demands of almost constant warfare, new weapons created new states. Equally, gunpowder helped Europeans destroy the Aztec and Inca empires and them go on to dominate the rest of the world." "Its extraordinary history ended during the nineteenth century when even more destructive high explosives took over. Gunpowder is packed with unexpected and interesting facts, and reveals its exciting, devastating and important story with global sweep and storytelling power."--BOOK JACKET
Progress and barbarism : the world in the twentieth century by Clive Ponting( Book )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Armageddon : the Second World War by Clive Ponting( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and Chinese and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whitehall : changing the old guard by Clive Ponting( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirteen days : diplomacy and disaster ; the countdown to the Great War by Clive Ponting( Book )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book argues that the First World War only occurred because of the situation in the Balkans. It was the outcome of the two Balkan wars between 1912 and 1913, the changes they precipitated in the strategic balance in the region, together with the struggle for influence between Austria-Hungary and Russia, that led to war ... The majority of the book deals with the 'thirteen days' from the presentation of the Austro-Hungarian ultimatum to Serbia on 23 July to Britain's entry into the war on 4 August. It examines how the situation escalated out of control, the decisions taken by the various governments that helped ensure this outcome and why diplomatic attempts to resolve the crisis failed"--Introduction
Myth and reality by Clive Ponting( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The environment and the collapse of great civilizations by Clive Ponting( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies the relationship between the environment and human history. This book examines world civilizations from Sumeria to ancient Egypt, from Easter Island to the Roman Empire and it argues that human beings have repeatedly built societies that have grown and prospered by exploiting the Earth's resources
Decision making in the Gulf : lessons to be learned by C Ponting( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The twentieth century : a world history by Clive Ponting( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
Clive Ponting British historian

Clive Ponting chercheur associé au Collège universitaire de Swansea, GB

Clive Ponting englischer Historiker

Clive Ponting historiador británico

קלייב פונטינג

קלייב פונטינג היסטוריון בריטי

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1940 : myth and realityThe twentieth century : a world historyA new green history of the world : the environment and the collapse of great civilizationsThe Crimean WarWorld history : a new perspectiveThirteen days : the road to the First World WarGunpowderProgress and barbarism : the world in the twentieth century