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By: V Smil
350 pages, 100 illus
Energy is the only universal currency; it is necessary for getting anything...
Provides a comprehensive look at the role of energy in world history, ranging from human muscle power in foraging societies and animal power in traditional farming to pre-industrial hydraulic techniques and modern fossil-fueled civilization.
Energy and Society; Energy in Prehistory; Traditional Agriculture; Preindustrial Prime Movers and Fuels; Fossil-Fueled Civilization; Energy in World History.
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