'Crosby argues his case with vigour, authority and panache ... 'Ecological Imperialism' could not ask for a more lucid and stylish exponent.' The Times Literary Supplement
'The biological bases of radically changing historical ecosystems must never be forgotten - and Crosby has made them intelligible as well as memorable.' Natural History
'Required reading for politicians worldwide.' The Guardian
'Crosby has unfolded with great power the wider biopolitics of our civilisation.' Nature
'One of the best illustrations of big history.' David Christian, New York Times
The military successes of European imperialism are easy to explain; in many cases they were a matter of firearms against spear. But as Alfred Crosby explains in his highly original and fascinating book, the Europeans' displacement and replacement of the native peoples in the temperate zones was more a matter of biology than of military conquest.