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

The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Ghosh, Amitav

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'One of the finest writers of his generation' Financial Times Before the 18th century, every single nutmeg in the world originated around a group of small volcanic islands east of Java, known as the Banda Islands. As the nutmeg made its way across the known world, they became imm...ensely valuable - in 16th century Europe, just a handful could buy a house. It was not long before European traders became conquerors, and the indigenous Bandanese communities - and the islands themselves - would pay a high price for access to this precious commodity. Yet the bloody fate of the Banda Islands forewarns of a threat to our present day. Amitav Ghosh argues that the nutmeg's violent trajectory from its native islands is revealing of a wider colonial mindset which justifies the exploitation of human life and the natural environment, and which dominates geopolitics to this day. Written against the backdrop of the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests, and interweaving discussions on everything from climate change, the migrant crisis, and the animist spirituality of indigenous communities around the world, The Nutmeg's Curse offers a sharp critique of Western society, and reveals the profoundly remarkable ways in which human history is shaped by non-human forces.
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ISBN 9781529369458
Released NZ 14 Oct 2021
Publisher John Murray Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781529369458
Stock Available
Status In-stock at supplier; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher John Murray Press
Imprint John Murray Publishers Ltd
Released 14 Oct 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 6 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Ghosh, Amitav
Category History of Specific Subjects
Social Issues
Embargos & Sanctions
Pollution & Threats To The Environment
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 232mm
Spine: 26mm
Dewey Code 363.73874
Weight 440g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
NBS Text Environment & Ecology: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly;General/trade

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