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Sources of power; how energy forges human history; 2v.


Sources of power; how energy forges human history; 2v.

Weissenbacher, Manfred.



744 pages



Praeger perspectives


Weissenbacher's interests and areas of expertise are impressively wide, and deep. He teaches political science at the Copenhagen Business School, he's an energy solutions analyst at the Danish Technological Institute, he worked as an economic analyst in the energy division of the Stanford Research Institute, he is a chemist, and he has written extensively on chemical economics market analyses. Furthermore, he's intensely curious about how civilization has evolved, and he's an engaging, enthusiastic writer. In this two-volume work he begins by identifying food as the first and most fundamental energy source of, and discusses the ages of foraging, agriculture, and coal as well as contemporary hunter-gatherers. The second volume takes the narrative into the oil age and beyond. This is a long single-authored work admirable for its clarity, depth, and informed synthesis--as well as its importance to scholars, policymakers, and students in the many intertwining fields concerned with energy and politics. Praeger is an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC.

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