Grand Transitions

Explaining the world

Issue 92 - Fall 2021

Scientist Vaclav Smil shows how mankind made the transition from traditional agricultural societies to modern civilization.

Anyone looking for easy reading is wrong with Vaclav Smil: The scientist is considered a reliable supplier of fact-rich, rather dry works - and as the author who explains the world to Bill Gates. In “Grand Transitions” Smil shows how mankind made the transition from traditional agrarian societies to modern civilization, driven by four major transitions in the areas of population, agriculture, energy and economy. How successful we will be in the future is now decided in the fifth area - in dealing with the environment.

Vaclav smilGrand Transitions: How the Modern World Was Made, Oxford Academic 2021, 368 pages, EUR 36,99