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A Short History of Progress

(2004)
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A brilliant, sobering, highly readable, and utterly fascinating rumination on the hubris at the heart of human development and the pitfalls we still may have time to avoid
Each time history repeats itself, the cost goes up. We live at a time of runaway growth in human numbers, consumption, and technology. The great question we now face is how, and whether, this can go on. Ronald Wright argues that our modern predicament, though new in scale, is as old as humankind.
A Short History of Progress is nothing less than a concise history of the world since Neanderthal times, elegantly written, brilliantly conceived, and stunningly clear in its warming to us now. Wright shows how human beings have a way of walking into "progress traps," beginning with the worldwide slaughter of big game in the Stone Age. The same pattern of overconsumption then took a new form as many of the world's most creative civilizations--Mesopotamia, the Maya, the Roman Empire--fell victim to their own success.

Only by understanding our pattern of progress and disaster, Wright contends, can we hope to change our ways and ensure that civilization has a longterm future.
"[Ronald Wright] is an historical philosopher with a profound understanding of other cultures."--Jan Morris
"A wise, timely, and brilliant book."--Toronto Globe and Mail



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Hardback Editions

September 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Short History Of Progress
Author(s): Ronald Wright
ISBN: 1-84195-711-9 / 978-1-84195-711-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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Paperback Editions

September 2019 : Canada Paperback
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Title: A Short History of Progress: Fifteenth Anniversary Edition
Author(s): Ronald Wright
ISBN: 1-4870-0698-5 / 978-1-4870-0698-3 (Canada edition)
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May 2013 : Canada Paperback

Title: A Short History of Progress (Large Print 16pt)
Author(s): Ronald Wright
ISBN: 1-4596-6481-7 / 978-1-4596-6481-4 (Canada edition)
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2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Short History of Progress
Author(s): Ronald Wright
ISBN: 1-84195-830-1 / 978-1-84195-830-9 (UK edition)
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September 2005 : UK Paperback

Title: Short History of Progress
Author(s): Ronald Wright
ISBN: 1-84195-731-3 / 978-1-84195-731-9 (UK edition)
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February 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Short History of Progress
Author(s): Ronald Wright
ISBN: 0-7867-1547-2 / 978-0-7867-1547-3 (USA edition)
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November 2004 : Canada Paperback
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Title: A Short History of Progress
Author(s): Ronald Wright
ISBN: 0-88784-706-4 / 978-1-920885-79-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: House of Anansi Pr
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Audio Editions

November 2004 : Canada Audio CD
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Title: A Short History of Progress: 2004 Massey Lecture
Author(s): Ronald Wright
ISBN: 0-660-19330-2 / 978-0-660-19330-4 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Cbc Radio Canada
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Kindle Editions

August 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Short History Of Progress
Author(s): Ronald Wright
Publisher: Canongate Books
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March 2009 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: A Short History of Progress
Author(s): Ronald Wright
Publisher: Da Capo Press
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October 2004 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Short History of Progress (CBC Massey Lectures)
Author(s): Ronald Wright
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
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