The Shock of the Anthropocene: The Earth, History and Us

Dissecting the new theoretical buzzword of the "Anthropocene"

The Earth has entered a new epoch: the Anthropocene. What we are facing is not only an environmental crisis, but a geological revolution of human origin. In two centuries, our planet has tipped into a state unknown for millions of years.

How did we get to this point? Refuting the convenient view of a "human species" that upset the Earth system, unaware of what it was doing, this book proposes the first critical history of the Anthropocene, shaking up many accepted ideas: about our supposedly recent "environmental awareness," about previous challenges to industrialism, about the manufacture of ignorance and consumerism, about so-called energy transitions, as well as about the role of the military in environmental destruction. In a dialogue between science and history, The Shock of the Anthropocene dissects a new theoretical buzzword and explores paths for living and acting politically in this rapidly developing geological epoch.

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Om forfatteren (2016)

Christophe Bonneuil is a historian at the CNRS and edits the 'Anthropoc ne' series for ditions du Seuil. His publications include Une autre histoire des 'Trentes glorieuses'. Modernisation, contestations et pollutions dans la France d'apr s-guerre, and Sciences, techniques et societe. Jean-Baptiste Fressoz, formerly a lecturer at Imperial College, London, is now also a historian at the CNRS. He is the author of L'Apocalypse joyeuse. Une histoire du risque technologique, and Introduction l'histoire environnementale.

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