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Facing Limits: Abundance, Scarcity, and the American Way of Life


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Drive finished 2 very long the table biographies of key American figures in the late 19th century so I decided I wanted something much shorter the much bigger something really brought in concert I can't sit some years ago in the controversy over the limits to growth in the UK which appeared in nearly 19 seventies it was a huge controversy books sold 30 million copies globally he was put together by post art students at MIT in Cambridge Massachusetts which is starting to oppose the to peoples that students with a stash together but it so 30 million books and changed the whole discussion discourse Arizona country my basic question is how the United States in particular has gone from being a society of enormous natural abundance to be a society concerned about the damage to growth scarcity and what they will mean for our way of life so my approach in this book is to end with the words to growth controversy that this book star to claim economist who really angry about this and businessman but to go back in time to the discovery of the New World following Columbus and all the richness of natural resources there were certainly dropped into the classic mother Americans because I Indians are basically the people their body the lap of European and how not just United States football questions civilisation speaking changed by this incredible Richards natural resources this can only happen once holiday how can I I call some the most important issues will have to be a modest many Europeans to accept it but I think it is by far the most important event changed everything after the next 500 years had been dramatically changed by these discoveries the Americans Australia and New Zealand or the abundance of resources they came into the hands of question European 2 we and that is where we are today in those resources have depleted exhausted pulled to great extent now in some ways we back to where we with and we have to begin to think about how we live on a planet that is my head and other New World too good to that's my research such a huge started the undercover about 200 250 pages substantive
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Title Facing Limits: Abundance, Scarcity, and the American Way of Life
Author Worster, Donald
Contributors Szczesny, Bartosz (Musik)
License CC Attribution - NonCommercial - NoDerivatives 3.0 Germany:
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DOI 10.5446/4471
Publisher Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC)
Release Date 2011
Language English
Producer Niepytalska, Marta
Hahn, Alec
Production Year 2011
Production Place Munich

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Abstract Carson Fellow Donald Worster basiert seine Forschungen auf dem 1970er Bestseller „Limits on Growth“ und beschreibt die Veränderung der amerikanischen Gesellschaft mit ihrem Ressourcenreichtum im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert bis heute, wo man von Knappheit betroffen ist und keine neue Ressourcen mehr vorhanden sind. Donald Worster ist ein amerikanischer Umwelthistoriker und seit 1989 Professor der amerikanischen Geschichte an der Universität von Kansas.
Carson Fellow Donald Worster argues that the discovery of the “New World” in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries was the most important event in modern history. These explorations gave Western society a wealth of natural resources that has never since been duplicated. Based around the controversy of the 1970s global bestseller, Limits to Growth, Worster examines the implications of the discovery of the New World and how society has transformed from one of natural abundance to one that is faced with scarcity. Prof. Dr. Worster is an American environmental historian and the Hall Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of Kansas, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1989.
Keywords Umweltwissen
Entdeckung der Neuen Welt
Ende des Ueberflusses
Limits to Growth
natural resources
discovery of the New World
early modern period
environmental history
resource use
environmental knowledge


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