The Contamination of the Earth Paperback by François Jarrige and Thomas Le Roux; translated by Janice Egan and Michael Egan

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  • Publisher: The MIT Press (2021-11-16)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • ISBN-13: 9780262542739
  • Item Weight: 612.36 grams
  • Dimensions: 8.69 x 5.63 x 1.13 cm

The trajectories of pollution in global capitalism, from the toxic waste of early tanneries to the poisonous effects of pesticides in the twentieth century.

Through the centuries, the march of economic progress has been accompanied by the spread of industrial pollution. As our capacities for production and our aptitude for consumption have increased, so have their byproducts--chemical contamination from fertilizers and pesticides, diesel emissions, oil spills, a vast "plastic continent" found floating in the ocean. The Contamination of the Earth offers a social and political history of industrial pollution, mapping its trajectories over three centuries, from the toxic wastes of early tanneries to the fossil fuel energy regime of the twentieth century.

About the Author

François Jarrige is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary History at the University of Burgundy's Georges Chevrier Centre. Thomas Le Roux is a tenured Researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), based at the Centre for Historical Research in the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (CRH-EHESS) in Paris.


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