Coal: A Human History

By: FREESE, Barbara

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Prized as "the best stone in Britain" by Roman invaders who carved jewelry out of it, coal has transformed societies, powered navies, fueled economies, and expanded frontiers. It made China a twelfth-century superpower, inspired the writing of the Communist Manifesto, and helped the northern states win the American Civil War. Yet the mundane mineral that built our global economy -and even today powers our electrical plants-has also caused death, disease, and environmental destruction. As early as 1306, King Edward I tried to ban coal (unsuccessfully) because its smoke became so obnoxious. Its recent identification as a primary cause of global warming has made it a cause celebre of a new kind.In this remarkable book, Barbara Freese takes us on a rich historical journey that begins three hundred million years ago and spans the globe. From the "Great Stinking Fogs" of London to the rat-infested coal mines of Pennsylvania, from the impoverished slums of Manchester to the toxic city streets of Beijing, Coal is a captivating narrative about an ordinary substance that has done extraordinary things-a simple black rock that could well determine our fate as a species.

Title: Coal: A Human History

Author Name: FREESE, Barbara

Categories: History - General, Geology, Mining & Mining Reports Etc,

Edition: First Printing

Publisher: Cambridge, MA, Perseus Publishing: 2003

ISBN Number: 0738204005

ISBN Number 13: 9780738204000

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: About 'As New'

Jacket Condition: About 'As New'

Type: Hardcover

Size: 20cm Tall

Weight: 1.00

Seller ID: 24259

Description: Prized as "the best stone in Britain" by Roman invaders who carved jewelry out of it, coal has transformed societies, powered navies, fueled economies, and expanded frontiers. It made China a twelfth-century superpower, inspired the writing of the Communist Manifesto, and helped the northern states win the American Civil War. Yet the mundane mineral that built our global economy -and even today powers our electrical plants-has also caused death, disease, and environmental destruction. 308pp, illustrated. An about 'as new' copy - bright, clean and unmarked. Similar, unclipped dustjacket. Unpacked weight, 416g. We ship Worldwide, at cost, using both Canada Post and the United States Postal Service, and offer postal charges without overcharging. Canadian domestic postal rates rise with weight, size and distance; Rates to the USA calculated by weight alone as per the USPS. World rates based on specific destination and weight. Online estimates may not be correct and additional postage may be required for Canadian and Overseas shipments, but not usually to the USA.

Keywords: COAL SOCIAL ASPECTS ENVIRONMENT