The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis Ghosh, Amitav

The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis

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'Do not miss this book' NAOMI KLEIN, author of This Changes Everything

The history of the nutmeg is one of conquest and exploitation - of both human life and the natural environment - and the origin of our contemporary climate crisis.

Tracing the threats to our future to the discovery of the New World and the sea route to the Indian Ocean, The Nutmeg's Curse argues that the dynamics of climate change are rooted in a centuries-old geopolitical order constructed by Western colonialism. The story of the nutmeg becomes a parable revealing the ways human history has always been entangled with earthly materials - spices, tea, sugarcane, opium, and fossil fuels. Our crisis, Ghosh shows, is ultimately the result of a mechanistic view of the earth, where nature exists only as a resource for humans to use for our own ends, rather than a force of its own, full of agency and meaning.

Writing against the backdrop of the global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests, Ghosh frames these historical stories in a way that connects our shared colonial past with the deep inequality we see around us today. By interweaving discussions on everything from the global history of the oil trade to the migrant crisis and the animist spirituality of indigenous communities around the world, The Nutmeg's Curse offers a sharp critique of contemporary society and speaks to the profoundly remarkable ways in which human history is shaped by non-human forces.



PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9781529369458
BY (AUTHOR) Ghosh, Amitav
PUBLISHER : John Murray Press PUBLICATION DATE : October 14, 2021
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : John Murray Publishers Ltd
LANGUAGE : English AGE : Tertiary Education
PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback
DIMENSION : 232 mm x 152 mm
WEIGHT : 440 g

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
Earth Sciences, Geography, Environment, Planning
History & Archaeology
Society & Social Sciences
DESCRIPTION : 'Do not miss this book' NAOMI KLEIN, author of This Changes EverythingThe history of the nutmeg is one of conquest and exploitation - of both human life and the natural environment - and the origin of our contemporary climate crisis.Tracing the threats to our future to the discovery of the New World and the sea route to the Indian Ocean, The Nutmeg's Curse argues that the dynamics of climate change are rooted in a centuries-old geopolitical order constructed by Western colonialism. The story of the nutmeg becomes a parable revealing the ways human history has always been entangled with earthly materials - spices, tea, sugarcane, opium, and fossil fuels. Our crisis, Ghosh shows, is ultimately the result of a mechanistic view of the earth, where nature exists only as a resource for humans to use for our own ends, rather than a force of its own, full of agency and meaning.Writing against the backdrop of the global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests, Ghosh frames these historical stories in a way that connects our shared colonial past with the deep inequality we see around us today. By interweaving discussions on everything from the global history of the oil trade to the migrant crisis and the animist spirituality of indigenous communities around the world, The Nutmeg's Curse offers a sharp critique of contemporary society and speaks to the profoundly remarkable ways in which human history is shaped by non-human forces. PRODUCT DETAILS : ISBN : 9781529369458 BY (AUTHOR) Ghosh, Amitav PUBLISHER : John Murray Press PUBLICATION DATE : October 14, 2021 COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United Kingdom IMPRINT : John Murray Publishers Ltd LANGUAGE : English AGE : Tertiary Education PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback DIMENSION : 232 mm x 152 mm WEIGHT : 440 g PRODUCT CATEGORY : Earth Sciences, Geography, Environment, Planning History & Archaeology Society & Social Sciences