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Climate Wars: What People Will Be Killed For in the 21st Century Hardcover – January 24, 2012

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Editorial Reviews

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"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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Polity; 1 edition (January 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745651453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745651453
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann in Atlanta on April 25, 2013
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This is a very important book. It goes way beyond whether we are in Global Warming or not. It assumes that we are, as well as do all of the creditable scientists who study the question today. The book tells what is really going on and what our politicians either have no clue about or are unwilling to confront.
The problem is that Global Warming has been studied by the Natural Sciences. They can give the scientific explanation of things and how the problem will progress over linear time. However the problem needs to be studied by the social scientists, as a cultural, ethnic, class, religious, over population problem which will present as a Global catastrophe with in the next several decades.
There are so many ideas explored, violence... the Holocost, Darfur, other ethnic wars, how history either does or does not repeat itself. Welzer explains how the poor will always suffer the most, how Africa is already suffering horrible wars because the land is drying up, the trees are gone, the water is limited. How will we as a society deal with hords of immigrants who are already approaching our and Northern European shores? The problem is unblievably complex and deserves a Global not a country by country response. If you care about the planet's future, read this book. It will take you far beyond the current rhetoric. A profound and intelligent assessment of Global Warming of today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Emperor on July 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This was a well written, and interesting book though it was somewhat worrying.
It is a translation of a work by an academic but it is easy to follow and understand.

It is quite short and some of the content is quite general but I felt that I learned a lot from it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GlobalChangeSupercenter5 on September 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Get ready for a horrifying look at the basic contours of our social world , written in unflinching, easily accessible, firechat form by an academic who has put his mind to good use, that of confronting apocalypse, in basic rejection of the positivist orientation of the ivory tower.
This is a slender volume, free of jargon, willing to go beyond comfort and bromides and technical sophistication towards common confrontation with intellectual reality. There are at least a dozen pages where Welzer brilliantly presents our looming predicaments in stark, memorable form, often incorporating the suggestive examples of World War II and Rwanda to buttress his austere, corrosive philosophical insights. Read this book along with Giles Slade's equally brave and compelling climate book, but make sure you do not end your reading of Welzer's book with the penultimate chapter, a weak brand of hopium that posits some new-thinking-new society emanating from some ahistorical, unreal massive paradigm switch or some other. Welzer even brings out that hoary, false dictum from Einstein that new problems cannot be solved using old thinking, or whatever mangle of fortune cookie aphorism it was from the old scribbler, but human social reality does not instantly mutate from unknown sources, it grows out of existing structures and power.
Climate change is "unsolvable," as Herr Welzer states bravely elsewhere, so chalk that unfortunate short chapter up to a moment of irrationalism from the professor, and let the rest of this masterwork speak for the social truth that we are not going to "solve" climate change using the same structures and same corporations that brought humanity to the abyss of catastrophe. Climate change is going to solve us, in differential and protracted ways, but solve us nonetheless.
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Welzer undermines his own argument by intermixing a decent discussion of the political, economic and social consequences of climate change with his at times palpable hostility to the U.S., other western states, and capitalism. This is understandable, because he wants to force the climate change debate into a framework of justice and injustice. Analytically, there is a lot that could be said about the baleful political and social consequences of climate change, resource and water competition, environmental degradation, and the disparate impact of climate change on different parts of the world. Much of that analysis is here, if burdened a bit by tedious social theory. Welzer has many good arguments, but he in the end undermines the credibility of his own argumentation through his ideological approach, which he would no doubt defend as absolutely necessary in the circumstances.. This is unfortunate, because there is a lot that is worthwhile here.
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