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Chaos in the Heavens : The Forgotten History of Climate Change

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Nothing could seem more contemporary than climate change.

Yet, in Chaos in the Heavens, Jean-Baptiste Fressoz and Fabien Locher show that we have been thinking about and debating the consequences of our actions upon the environment for centuries.

The subject was raised wherever history accelerated: by the conquistadors in the New World, by the French revolutionaries of 1789, by the scientists and politicians of the nineteenth century, by the European imperialists in Asia and Africa until the Second World War. Climate change was at the heart of fundamental debates about colonisation, God, the state, nature, and capitalism.

From these intellectual and political battles emerged key concepts of contemporary environmental science and policy.

For a brief interlude, science and industry instilled in us the reassuring illusion of an impassive climate.

But, in the age of global warming, we must, once again, confront the chaos in the heavens.

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Verso Books
1839767227 / 9781839767227
United Kingdom
288 pages
24 cm
Translated from the French.