The Case Against the Global Economy

Titre : The Case Against the Global Economy
Auteur : Jerry Mander
Éditeur : Routledge
ISBN-13 : 9781134202188
Libération : 2014-02-25

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The greatest political debate of our time is about the blind rush towards a single global economy, its consequences for jobs, democracy, human well-being and cultural diversity, and its impact on the natural world that sustains us. Its effects will be profound and irreversible, but globalization itself is not inevitable. In The Case Against the Global Economy, 24 leading economic, agricultural, cultural and environmental authorities, drawn from across the world, argue that free trade and economic globalization are producing exactly the opposite results to those promised. From a detailed analysis of the new global economy, its structures and its full social and ecological implications, they show how it is undermining our liberty, our security and our well-being, and is devastating the planet. First published in the USA in 1996, in an edition focused on North America, the book won the American Political Science Association award for the Best Book in Ecological and Transformational Politics. This completely revised and updated international edition presents a passionate and persuasive case for the need to reverse course, away from globalization and towards a revitalized democracy, local self-sufficiency and ecological health.

1493

Titre : 1493
Auteur : Charles C. Mann
Éditeur : Vintage
ISBN-13 : 9780307596727
Libération : 2011-08-09

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From the author of 1491—the best-selling study of the pre-Columbian Americas—a deeply engaging new history of the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs. More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed radically different suites of plants and animals. When Christopher Columbus set foot in the Americas, he ended that separation at a stroke. Driven by the economic goal of establishing trade with China, he accidentally set off an ecological convulsion as European vessels carried thousands of species to new homes across the oceans. The Columbian Exchange, as researchers call it, is the reason there are tomatoes in Italy, oranges in Florida, chocolates in Switzerland, and chili peppers in Thailand. More important, creatures the colonists knew nothing about hitched along for the ride. Earthworms, mosquitoes, and cockroaches; honeybees, dandelions, and African grasses; bacteria, fungi, and viruses; rats of every description—all of them rushed like eager tourists into lands that had never seen their like before, changing lives and landscapes across the planet. Eight decades after Columbus, a Spaniard named Legazpi succeeded where Columbus had failed. He sailed west to establish continual trade with China, then the richest, most powerful country in the world. In Manila, a city Legazpi founded, silver from the Americas, mined by African and Indian slaves, was sold to Asians in return for silk for Europeans. It was the first time that goods and people from every corner of the globe were connected in a single worldwide exchange. Much as Columbus created a new world biologically, Legazpi and the Spanish empire he served created a new world economically. As Charles C. Mann shows, the Columbian Exchange underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest research by ecologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians, Mann shows how the creation of this worldwide network of ecological and economic exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Mexico City—where Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas dynamically interacted—the center of the world. In such encounters, he uncovers the germ of today’s fiercest political disputes, from immigration to trade policy to culture wars. In 1493, Charles Mann gives us an eye-opening scientific interpretation of our past, unequaled in its authority and fascination. From the Hardcover edition.

1634

Titre : 1634
Auteur : Eric Flint
Éditeur :
ISBN-13 : 141652102X
Libération : 2007

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The time-traveling Americans from the West Virginia town of Grantville find themselves caught in the middle of the Baltic War, with Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, launching a counterattack on the combined forces of France, Spain, England, and Denmark.

La Cucina

Titre : La Cucina
Auteur : Lily Prior
Éditeur : Harper Collins
ISBN-13 : 9780062283498
Libération : 2013-02-26

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Since childhood, Rosa Fiore -- daughter of a sultry Sicilian matriarch and her hapless husband -- found solace in her family's kitchen. La Cucina, the heart of the family's lush estate, was a place where generations of Fiore women prepared sumptuous feasts and where the drama of extended family life was played out around the age-old table. When Rosa was a teenager, her own cooking became the stuff of legend in this small community that takes pride in the bounty of its landscape and the eccentricity of its inhabitants. Rosa's infatuation with culinary arts was rivaled only by her passion for a young man, Bartolomeo, who, unfortunately, belonged to another. After their love affair ended in tragedy, Rosa retreated first into her kitchen and then into solitude, as a librarian in Palermo. There she stayed for decades, growing corpulent on her succulent dishes, resigned to a loveless life. Then, one day, she meets the mysterious chef, known only is I'Inglese, whose research on the heritage of Sicilian cuisine leads him to Rosa's library, and into her heart. They share one sublime summer of discovery, during which I'lnglese awakens the power of Rosa's sensuality, and together they reach new heights of culinary passion. When I'Inglese suddenly vanishes, Rosa returns home to the farm to grieve for the loss of her second love. In the comfort of familiar surroundings, among her, growing family, she discovers the truth about her loved ones and finds her life transformed once more by the magic of her cherished Cucina. Exuberant and touching, La Cucina is a magical evocation of lifes mysterious seasons and the treasures found in each one. It celebrates family, food, passion, and the eternal rapture of romance.

One Thousand Six Hundred Thirty Three

Titre : One Thousand Six Hundred Thirty Three
Auteur : David Weber
Éditeur : Baen Books
ISBN-13 : 9780743435420
Libération : 2002-08-01

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Hurtled back in time into the Thirty Years War by an unknown force, Mike Stearns and his fellow West Virginia coal miners join forces with the king of Sweden to form the Confederated Principalities of Europe and take on the scheming Cardinal Richelieu as they struggle to rescue Mike's wife from war-torn Amsterdam and his sister from the Tower of London.

Colours with Winnie the Pooh

Titre : Colours with Winnie the Pooh
Auteur : Alan Alexander Milne
Éditeur :
ISBN-13 : 1405246189
Libération : 2010-07

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The Winnie-the-Pooh concept book series continues with this title. With the help of Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood, very young children are introduced to the concept of colours.

Dictionnaire critique de l habitat et du logement

Titre : Dictionnaire critique de l habitat et du logement
Auteur : Marion Segaud
Éditeur :
ISBN-13 : 220026173X
Libération : 2002

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Ce dictionnaire traite d'un champ organisé autour des notions complémentaires de logement et d'habitat. Il s'agit donc d'éléments essentiels de la vie quotidienne de chaque individu, mais aussi de l'activité de nombreuses professions. L'ouvrage explore, à travers quelque 350 entrées, un réseau cohérent de termes savants (espace de vie, ethnicité...), techniques (copropriété, HLM, permis de construire...) ou d'usage courant (quartier, bricolage, confort...). Une trentaine de " thèmes transversaux " (de l'analyse des Politiques du logement aux réflexions sur le sens du Décor domestique en passant par Les relations de voisinage) ouvrent des perspectives et font apparaître un point de vue d'auteur. Ce dictionnaire se veut avant tout critique. Ses auteurs, venus de disciplines, de milieux scientifiques, techniques et professionnels variés, ont parié sur le décloisonnement des savoirs et une réelle interdisciplinarité. De ce fait, l'ouvrage permet de franchir de nouvelles étapes dans l'appréhension des enjeux fondamentaux de questions majeures (la décentralisation, les nouvelles formes d'urbanisation, les politiques publiques, les marchés immobiliers, les rapports de l'habitant à son logement et à son environnement...). On trouvera ici, outre un outil de référence et de travail, l'élément qui faisait défaut pour clarifier et instruire le débat démocratique sur une thématique qui implique constamment, au quotidien comme dans la prospective, les citoyens et leurs représentants. Gageons que ce dictionnaire deviendra vite indispensable aux étudiants, aux enseignants, aux élus, aux professionnels, aux chercheurs ainsi qu'aux personnels des collectivités territoriales.

1491 Second Edition

Titre : 1491 Second Edition
Auteur : Charles C. Mann
Éditeur : Vintage
ISBN-13 : 0307278182
Libération : 2006-10-10

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In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492. Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately clean streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city. Mexican cultures created corn in a specialized breeding process that it has been called man’s first feat of genetic engineering. Indeed, Indians were not living lightly on the land but were landscaping and manipulating their world in ways that we are only now beginning to understand. Challenging and surprising, this a transformative new look at a rich and fascinating world we only thought we knew. From the Trade Paperback edition.