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The Resource Energy in world history, Vaclav Smil

Energy in world history, Vaclav Smil

Label
Energy in world history
Title
Energy in world history
Statement of responsibility
Vaclav Smil
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Every human activity entails the conversion of energy. Changes in the fundamental sources of energy, and in the use of energy sources, are a basic dimension of the evolution of society. Our appreciation of the significance of these processes is essential to a fuller understanding of world history. Vaclav Smil offers a comprehensive look at the role of energy in world history, ranging from human muscle-power in foraging societies and animal-power in traditional farming to preindustrial hydraulic techniques and modern fossil-fueled civilization. The book combines a vast historical sweep with cross-cultural comparisons and is enhanced by illustrations and accessible quantitative material. Students and general readers alike will gain an understanding of energy's fundamental role in human progress. Smil illuminates the role played by various means of harnessing energy in different societies and provides new insights by explaining the impact and limitations of these fundamental physical inputs - whether it is in the cultivation of crops, smelting of metals, waging of war, or the mass production of goods. While examining the energetic foundations of historical changes, Energy in World History avoids simplistic, deterministic views of energy needs and recognizes the complex interplay of physical and social realities."--Publisher description
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smil, Vaclav
Dewey number
333.79/09
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TJ163.5
LC item number
.S623 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Essays in world history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Power resources
  • Ressources énergétiques
  • Energiebronnen
  • Energie
  • Geschichte
  • Energietechnik
Label
Energy in world history, Vaclav Smil
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 272-291) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Energy and Society --- 2. Energy in Prehistory --- 3. Traditional Agriculture --- 4. Preindustrial Prime Movers and Fuels --- 5. Fossil-Fueled Civilization --- 6. Energy in World History
Control code
30398523
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 300 pages
Isbn
9780813319025
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
94016485
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1626921
Label
Energy in world history, Vaclav Smil
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 272-291) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Energy and Society --- 2. Energy in Prehistory --- 3. Traditional Agriculture --- 4. Preindustrial Prime Movers and Fuels --- 5. Fossil-Fueled Civilization --- 6. Energy in World History
Control code
30398523
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 300 pages
Isbn
9780813319025
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
94016485
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1626921

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