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Climate Wars: What People Will Be Killed For in the 21st Century

By: Harald Welzer


Description

Struggles over drinking water, new outbreaks of mass violence, ethnic cleansing, civil wars in the earth’s poorest countries, endless flows of refugees: these are the new conflicts and forces shaping the world of the 21st century. They no longer hinge on ideological rivalries between great powers but rather on issues of class, religion and resources. The genocides of the last century have taught us how quickly social problems can spill over into radical and deadly solutions. Rich countries are already developing strategies to garner resources and keep ‘climate refugees’ at bay.

In this major new book Harald Welzer shows how climate change and violence go hand in hand. Climate change has far-reaching consequences for the living conditions of peoples around the world: inhabitable spaces shrink, scarce resources become scarcer, injustices grow deeper, not only between North and South but also between generations, storing up material for new social tensions and giving rise to violent conflicts, civil wars and massive refugee flows. Climate change poses major new challenges in terms of security, responsibility and justice, but as Welzer makes disturbingly clear, very little is being done to confront them.

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Hardcover
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745651453
ISBN10
0745651453
Publication Dates ROW:
Mar 2012
Publication Dates US:
Jan 2012
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Mar 2012


Format
237 x 160 mm
9.30 x 6.30 in
Pages
288 pages

* Exam copies only available to lecturers for whom the book may be suitable as a course text.
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Reviews

"Welzer's thinking, like his writing, is fast, fresh and incisive. His book is a warning thatwarrants reading; it does not need tobe a forecast."
European Voice

"An absolutely essential read."
Morning Star

"An engaging and thought-provoking contribution to current conflict analysis."
International Affairs

"A thought-provoking if uncomfortable read."
Irish Times

"Should be considered mandatory reading for anyone with concerns over the impact of climate change upon their lives, their families, their communities, their country."
Midwest Book Review

"Should be considered mandatory reading for anyone with concerns over the impact of climate change upon their lives, their families, their communities, their country."
Library Bookwatch

"If you have pondered what climate change means for humanity, here’s a book for you ... A fascinating tome."
A-Men Magazine

"Welzer combines analytical insight with passionate conviction in calling on all of us to help stem the violence that flows from climate change."
Martin Albrow, University of Wales

"Rampant climate change will redraw the geopolitical map of the 21st century. This book asks the uncomfortable but important questions that we will face in the future."
Robert Falkner, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1. A Ship in the Desert
2. Climate Conflict
3. Global Warming and Social Catastrophes
4. A Brief Survey of Climate Change
5. Killing Yesterday
6. Killing Today. Ecocide
7. Killing Tomorrow. Never-Ending Wars, Ethnic
Cleansing, Terrorism, Shifting Frontiers
8. Changed Realities
9. The Revival of Old Conflicts: Faiths, Classes, Resources and the Erosion of Democracy
10. More Violence
11. What Can and Cannot Be Done - I
12. What Can and Cannot Be Done - II

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