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The Nutmeg's Curse

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One of the finest writers of his generation' Financial Times

Before the 18th century, every single nutmeg in the world originated around a group of small volcanic islands east of Java, known as the Banda Islands, As the nutmeg made its way across the known world, they became immensely valuable - in 16th century Europe, just a handful could buy a house, It was not long before European traders became conquerors, and the indigenous Bandanese communities - and the islands themselves - would pay a high price for access to this precious commodity, Yet the bloody fate of the Banda Islands forewarns of a threat to our present day,

Amitav Ghosh argues that the nutmeg's violent trajectory from its native islands is revealing of a wider colonial mindset which justifies the exploitation of human life and the natural environment, and which dominates geopolitics to this day,

Written against the backdrop of the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests, and interweaving discussions on everything from climate change, the migrant crisis, and the animist spirituality of indigenous communities around the world, The Nutmeg's Curse offers a sharp critique of Western society, and reveals the profoundly remarkable ways in which human history is shaped by non-human forces,


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Amitav Ghosh

Summary

'Do not miss this book' NAOMI KLEIN, author of This Changes Everything

The history of the nutmeg is one of conquest and exploitation - of both human life and the natural environment - and the origin of our contemporary climate crisis.

Tracing the threats to our future to the discovery of the New World and the sea route to the Indian Ocean, The Nutmeg's Curse argues that the dynamics of climate change are rooted in a centuries-old geopolitical order constructed by Western colonialism. The story of the nutmeg becomes a parable revealing the ways human history has always been entangled with earthly materials - spices, tea, sugarcane, opium, and fossil fuels. Our crisis, Ghosh shows, is ultimately the result of a mechanistic view of the earth, where nature exists only as a resource for humans to use for our own ends, rather than a force of its own, full of agency and meaning.

Writing against the backdrop of the global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests, Ghosh frames these historical stories in a way that connects our shared colonial past with the deep inequality we see around us today. By interweaving discussions on everything from the global history of the oil trade to the migrant crisis and the animist spirituality of indigenous communities around the world, The Nutmeg's Curse offers a sharp critique of contemporary society and speaks to the profoundly remarkable ways in which human history is shaped by non-human forces.

Foreword

From the bestselling author of the Ibis trilogy and The Great Derangement, The Nutmeg's Curse is an enthralling, panoramic history of the influence of colonialism on the world today, told through the surprising story of the nutmeg.

Additional text

Ghosh brings to bear his prodigious skills as both a novelist and an anthropologist, while incorporating insights from an astonishing array of other disciplines - literary criticism, environmental science, botany, history, economics, and more - the kind of omnihumanism necessary to confronting an omnicidal vision

Product details

Authors Amitav Ghosh
Publisher John Murray
 
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 31.05.2021
 
EAN 9781529369458
ISBN 978-1-5293-6945-8
No. of pages 339
Dimensions 152 mm x 233 mm x 25 mm
Subjects Non-fiction book

Geopolitics, Colonialism & imperialism, Colonialism and imperialism, Indonesia

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