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A short history of progress

Author: Ronald Wright
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A Short History of Progress is nothing less than a concise history of the world since Neanderthal times, elegantly written, brilliantly conceived, and stunningly clear in its warning to us now. Wright shows how human beings have a way of walking into "progress traps," beginning with the worldwide slaughter of big game in the Stone Age. The same pattern of overconsumption then took a new from, as many of the world's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald Wright
ISBN: 0786715472 9780786715473
OCLC Number: 57682243
Notes: Originally published: Toronto : House of Anansi Press, 2004.
Description: 211 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: I. Gauguin's questions --
II. The great experiment --
III. Fools' paradise --
IV. Pyramid schemes --
V. The rebellion of the tools.
Responsibility: by Ronald Wright.
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"A Short History of Progress is nothing less than a concise history of the world since Neanderthal times, elegantly written, brilliantly conceived, and stunningly clear in its warning to us now. Wright shows how human beings have a way of walking into "progress traps," beginning with the worldwide slaughter of big game in the Stone Age. The same pattern of overconsumption then took a new from, as many of the world's most creative civilizations - Mesopotamia, the Maya, the Roman Empire - fell victim to their own success."--Jacket.

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I Gauguin's Questions 1 II The Great Experiment 29 III Fools' Paradise 55 IV Pyramid Schemes 81 V The Rebellion of the Tools 107 Notes 133 bibliography 187 Index 201

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