A Short History of Progress

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House of Anansi, Oct 23, 2004 - Social Science - 224 pages
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Each time history repeats itself, so it's said, the price goes up. The twentieth century was a time of runaway growth in human population, consumption, and technology, placing a colossal load on all natural systems, especially earth, air, and water -- the very elements of life. The most urgent questions of the twenty-first century are: where will this growth lead? can it be consolidated or sustained? and what kind of world is our present bequeathing to our future?

In his #1 bestseller A Short History of Progress Ronald Wright argues that our modern predicament is as old as civilization, a 10,000-year experiment we have participated in but seldom controlled. Only by understanding the patterns of triumph and disaster that humanity has repeated around the world since the Stone Age can we recognize the experiment's inherent dangers, and, with luck and wisdom, shape its outcome.

 

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A provocative assembling of evidence from history, archaeology and anthropology that what we call civilization may carry the seeds of its own destruction.Already a bestseller in his native Canada ... Read full review

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Progress can do us in, or so argues British historian Wright as he embarks on a lively if meandering journey through the development and demise of ancient civilizations to determine whether our ... Read full review

Contents

Gauguins Questions
1
The Great Experiment
29
in Fools Paradise
55
Pyramid Schemes
81
The Rebellion of the Tools
107
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Ronald Wright is an award-winning novelist, historian, and essayist. His 2004 CBC Massey Lectures A Short History of Progress was a national bestseller, and his bestselling nonfiction book Stolen Continents won the Gordon Montador Award. His first novel, A Scientific Romance, won the 1997 David Higham Prize for Fiction and was a Globe and Mail, Sunday Times, and New York Times book of the year. Ronald Wright lives in British Columbia.

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