The Earth Transformed review: The untold history of humans and climate

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HH6DW5 Pyramid of the Magician in Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico

Ancient Maya’s Pyramid of the Magician in Uxmal, Mexico

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The Earth Transformed: An untold history

Peter Frankopan (Bloomsbury Publishing)

HOW much of an influence has climate had on human history? How early in our existence did we begin to affect the environment? Can a sudden drought really cause a society to collapse? And what does “collapse” mean? These are just some of the questions that historian Peter Frankopan tackles in his ambitious new book, The Earth Transformed.

Frankopan is best known for his 2015 book The Silk Roads, …

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