ISBN 9780986979187
Pages 284
Dimensions 229x152 mm
Published 2023
Publisher Mvusi Books , South Africa
Format Paperback

Growth Growth Growth

Human History and the Planetary Catastrophe

by Julian Cobbing

Growth Growth Growth retells history as a succession of pivotal crises linked to economic growth. Beginning with agriculture ten thousand years ago, each crisis led to an impasse until human ingenuity devised a technical 'solution' to fix it. These solutions included the alphabet, paper, clocks, guns, the printing press, the steam engine, the petrol engine, electricity, nitrogen fertilizer, and the computer. Each solution, however, played a part in the next crisis. Growth-driven crises led to the world wars of the first half of the twentieth century, including the atrocities of Stalin, Hitler and Hiroshima. The brief 'golden age' of capitalism of the 1950s and 1960s gave way to the ultra-corporate capitalism that, in one variant or another, is now the global economic system. Julian Cobbing's lively account exposes the historical roots of our converging problems - the destruction of the environment, the massacre of other species, the running down of oil reserves, global heating, and the nuclear threat to all of us. This time there is no technical solution, since we are devouring the Earth's finite resources. Cobbing reminds us that we are just one species in a planetary life system which could dispense with us if we are not needed

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About the Author

Julian Cobbing

Julian Cobbing studied history at King’s College, London University, under A G Dickens and Michael Howard, and went on to a PhD at Lancaster University. Until his retirement he was a professor of history at Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.