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Throwing Fire: Projectile Technology Through History [00:36:40]
@ WGBH Lecture Series (2007-08-23)
tags: fire technology history anthropology [add tags]
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From the WGBH Forum Network: "Professor Alfred W. Crosby is Professor Emeritus of History, Geography, and American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Considered a founding figure in the scholarly studies of environmental history and of global history, he is best known for a simple but powerful book which argued that the most important aspect of what happened in 1492 was ecological. First published 35 years ago, The Columbian Exchange provided a biological interpretation for consequences that preceding historians had attributed to social, cultural, political, economic, and military factors.Alfred Crosby asks important questions about the conditions of life on our planet, exploring the tremendous capacity humans have to adapt to the variability of those conditions, pointing at how the global environment can be radically altered by collective human behaviors. His recent book, Throwing Fire: Projectile Technology Through History, looks at fire and the fast ball as two key steps in human development. "
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