Sep 28, 2022
Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations
Posted by David R. Montgomery

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  • Title: Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations
  • Author: David R. Montgomery
  • ISBN: 9780520248700
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Hardcover
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Adam

I ve been interested in history, ancient and modern, since my early childhood Back then, that meant cool armor, swordfights, and dogfighting jet fighters Now, it s to do with deforestation and climate cycles In either case however, and in a host of other realms besides, at some point I grew to notice a conspicuous omission in the narratives no one seemed to be appropriately concerned with the material facts that drove historical changes Too much was attributed to forces I had a hard time believ [...]


Colby Moorberg

I will preface this review by saying that I am an assistant professor of soil science in a department of agronomy at a land grant institution in the US, and happen to teach several classes on soil science and soil conservation.I loved the first two thirds of the book The summaries of the history of erosion and civilization were both interesting, and accurate to the best of my knowledge I greatly enjoyed it However, from that point on, Montgomery delves into problems with erosion in modern agricu [...]


Joe

If you read one book about dirt this year, make it this one A accurate, but perhaps less striking, title for this book would have been Erosion A History of Agriculture It talks about how agriculture started and changed over time, in turn affecting and being changed by politics and the civilizations with which it has been intertwined.It starts off with a scientific description of what soil is made of, how it is created and lost The book next talks about a early history of agriculture, then moves [...]


Richard Reese

Professor David Montgomery s book Dirt provides a fascinating discussion about an extremely precious substance that we can t live without, but treat like dirt He begins with an intimate explanation of what dirt is, how it s formed, and how it s destroyed in plain, simple English Then, he proceeds to lead us on an around the world tour, spanning many centuries, to examine the various methods that societies have devised for mining their soils, and diminishing their future via agriculture.The book [...]


Julie

I don t read that much non fiction I read this on the recommendation of one of the farmers from whom we get vegetables in the summer It s really quite fascinating There are really two levels on which I really enjoyed it First, there are lots of those little facts that just seem interesting and often counter intuitive The subject of Charles Darwin s last work Earthworms, on which he did really extensive research Second, there s the big pictures Over and over again civilizations have exhausted the [...]


Ron Khare

There are three books I ve read in the past year that have changed my life Endgame Derek Jensen , The Vegetarian Myth Lierre Keith , and now Dirt The Erosion of Civilizations Simply put, this book shows the mechanisms behind the philosophies of the other two While never delving much into value judgments, and light on alternatives, this book s main strength is the clear, scientifically sound history of humans, agriculture, and environmental degradation It ends with a powerful message that for all [...]


Tom Elpel

Are humans capable of learning from past mistakes I consider myself soil literate than most people, enough to recognize the process of desertification on the ground I ve long read about the rise and fall of civilizations based on the health of their soils However, David Montgomery s Dirt The Erosion of Civilizations provided a deeper, riveting account of the repeated rise and fall, rise and fall, rise and fall of civilizations due to failure to learn from the past Walking the reader through a [...]


Jon Cimuchowski

cross posted with links atgettingbetterallthetime.wordprDirt, the Erosion of Civilization, by UW professor and 2008 MacArthur Foundation Fellow David R Montgomery is a wonderful read I highly recommend it.Previously, I thought, dirt, who cares I should have known better, I ld seen a beautiful photo essay in Scientific American August 1996, pg 62 67 showing the amazing diversity of grains of sand I should have known that soil has different levels of fertility, or not, as may be the case with my l [...]


Natasha

This book was a recommended read in honor of the International Year of Soils 2015 It shows how important the soil is to the rise and fall of civilizations We tend to take dirt for granted, but it is critically important I like how this book raised my consciousness of this fact.My dad was a soil scientist I regret I was not able to discuss this book with him This is a link to the first few pages of the book content.ucpress pages 1059I read the audio version and felt it was well done.


Lindsey

I selected Dirt The Erosion of Civilizations because I am very interested in sustainable agriculture and the interplay between culture and ecology Reading Dirt offered me the opportunity to explore the history of agriculture and how different societies interacted with soil, one of our most basic and sustaining elements of nature Soil is our most underappreciated, least valued and yet essential natural resource 3 Soil plays a fundamental role in the history of civilization Dirt s main premise is [...]


Carolyn

I read this mostly because the author s parents are friends and college classmates of mine, and they were rightly very proud that he got a MacArthur Genius Grant for his work I see why it s an important book and I m very glad I read it He looks at the lifespan and downfall of civilizations in terms of exhaustion of their resources, topsoil in particular When a society can no longer feed itself, it falls apart, and it s easy to exhaust topsoil, especially in hilly terrain that promotes erosion It [...]


Bob Stocker

This review contains summaries that some people may consider to be spoilers The story goes something like this A group of hunter gatherers discovers agriculture It plants fertile valleys and settles down Population grows Soil becomes depleted Because this happens over multiple generations, no one notices the change Eventually, land on erosion prone slopes is planted to avoid famine The sloping land erodes The society crumbles, relocates, or becomes dependent on imported food In Dirt The Erosion [...]


Converse

Basically, almost every society with agriculture has caused soil erosion Typically, if one excludes agriculture along the Nile before the Aswan dam and the origins of agriculture in the middle east, people typically start by cultivating the flat land beside a river, and then population growth results in a shortage of land, causing people to start cultivating hillsides Then erosion occurs, covering up the land beside the river with the soil from the hillsides and creating swamps in the previously [...]


John Breker

Montgomery uses numerous, worthy accounts of soil erosion and degradation throughout the course of civilized human existence to build a strong case for soil conservation He includes examples of soil degradation ranging from Ancient Mesopotamia and Mesoamerica to contemporary America The book tends to become monotonous as each account is just another variation on a theme of soil erosion that has played out countless times This repetition highlights the effect of soil erosion on our history howeve [...]


Bart

Cuba s conversion from conventional agriculture to large scale semi organic farming demonstrates that such a transformation is possible in a dictatorship isolated from global market forces But the results are not entirely enviable after almost two decades of this inadvertent experiment, meat and milk remain in short supply 232.Illustrated in this passage, Dirt at points lacks critical analysis of issues is a bountiful supply of animal flesh and milk really viable for human societies, which wish [...]


Nadia

Brilliant book A must read, I believe, for all those interested in the history of civilizations, sustainability, agriculture organic or not and, last but not least, a philosophical pondering on the human folly The folly of consuming today the resources of generations to come something by no means specific to today s people The folly of behaving as if there is no tomorrow and by that making tomorrow harder and harder to exist at all Yet a moderately optimistic book, looking at history and at caus [...]


Thomas

One of the most important topics when studying any ancient culture is the reason or reasons for its collapse We believe that we know that cultures like the Mesopotamians in the Fertile Crescent, Harappans in the Indus Valley, and the Maya in the Americas simply grew too large for their food supplies, but only after their existing farming methods had depleted the land This book presents the compelling argument that similar circumstances applied to modern periods like the American Civil War and S [...]


Lynne

A book about soil might interest gardeners But this isn t a book about soil It s about our ability to survive as a country and as the human race As Henry Cantwell Wallace wisely observed Nations endure only as long as their topsoil This book proves illustrates his point Throughout history, each major civilization has ultimately faltered and faded away Montgomery shows how soil conservation or lack of it has been a deciding factor in nearly every case We can t treat our soil like dirt and expect [...]


Sally

A consideration of the importance of soil to all civilizations, and how its misuse and erosion limit the span of empires, past and present Historians often overlook soil fertility and degradation in evaluating events, and the author discusses Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, medieval Europe, and the US from this perspective Unfortunately, lessons on retaining and improving the soil learned in the past are forgotten and rediscovered, and in large farms, tenant farms and those run by overseers the econo [...]


Taylor Dykes

I really enjoyed this book I think David Montgomery does a fantastic job weaving the narrative or history in with the pragmatism of science He makes a convincing case for environmental determinism in historical societies which faltered Romans, Greeks, etc but stops well short of saying it is the only reason Once making his case historically, he uses these parables to create a narrative of modern time, mostly America, backed up by a lot of interesting Geological data This is a very interesting bo [...]


Jaimee

I m a soil scientist and my soil scientist friends highly recommended this book The concepts behind this book are very important and I wanted to love this book However, it was extremely repetitive It took me forever to read it because it just seem to drag on and on If you want to read a book about this subject how we have have mistreated our land, created severe erosion problems and destroyed our topsoil read The Worst Hard Time The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl [...]


Elizabeth

This is a surprisingly enjoyable and excellent historical account of the loss of soil via unsustainable farming methods and subsequent decline in civilization Not to be too pessimistic, the author concludes his work by examining newer methods of farming which build soil and or aim to greatly reduce or mitigate its erosion, which, if implemented, may curtail the bleak and difficult future projected with the continuation of industrial food production.


Patty

I just could not get into this one and skimmed most of it The idea is interesting how geography and our use of the land contributed to the rise and fall of civilizations over time but the execution is quite dry and not as engaging as I would have hoped.


Ann

This book is not just for soil geeks This is for anyone interested in world history, looking for a way to wrap their mind around the intertwining forces, personalities, and flukes that have brought us to where we are today Dirt shows how the arc of human activity over the past 10,000 years or so can be understood through the lens of how we have used and managed soil The evolution of cultures and the rise and fall of civilizations are entwined with changes in the thin skin of the earth that is th [...]


Martinocorre

Sorprendente e l Impero Romano non collassato, si sbriciolato Sorprendente, non avrei mai pensato di dare un giudizio di cinque stelle ad un libro il cui titolo Terriccio.In realt ammetto la mia ignoranza ed ammetto di essere rimasto sorpreso perch non conoscevo il problema dell esaurimento del suolo suolo e questo libro mi ha aperto un mondo, o meglio, mi ha dato la possibilit di vedere questo nostro pianeta con occhi diversi Perci , grazie Prof Montgomery, e per fortuna scrivi pure bene.Tra pa [...]


AK

Treating something like dirt is an idiom meaning to look down upon or treat with contempt, but if you treat dirt like dirt, ha, joke s on you, for the soil will have its revenge It make take decades or centuries if you have particularly tolerant dirt but eventually it will fail to grow your crops in the quantities you need, it will take off with the rain and leave you with some dead rocky plains and rivers full of debris, or in the case of the United States, kick up catastrophic dust storms So, [...]


Tim

I ve never seen an environmental problem that poses anywhere near as much of a threat to human civilisation as climate change does, or at least I hadn t until I read this book But soil loss has finished off many an ancient civilisation, and is likely to do for ours too unless we sit up and take notice of the danger it poses This important and well written book starts by cataloguing the many examples of where human societies have mismanaged and then lost the soils they need to feed themselves Thi [...]


Kara

Giving this book four stars simply because I learned so much about the history of the world, and who knew it would be through the lens of something as basic as DIRT There are so many social and economic implications wrapped up in soil that it has literally caused the rise and fall of civilizations, over and over, throughout humanity There are so many such examples that the book was repetitive and somewhat hard to get through in parts It was all about agriculture and I would ve liked to learn ab [...]


Sarah

Fascinating exploration of how fundamental the soil is to civilisation and how we ignore it s value at our peril Montgomery explores how poor agricultural practices, particularly those that prioritise short term gain over soil health and longevity inevitably contribute to cultural decline if not outright civilisation failure.From the cradle of civilisation to the conditions that precipitated the American Civil War, Montgomery covers the world and makes a very convincing case The soil is a precio [...]


Pearse Anderson

Soil is amazing, and this book did a great job showing it However, it get a lot of things wrong Like how civilizations worked and fell Y know, half of the book s thesis But taught me and thousands of others about the power of dirt How brilliant and nuanced it can get So, mixed Thesises are real wacky.I read a third of this for class.Connection Amanda Schmidt, my professor, taught under Mr Montgomery Dave she calls him and worked with him later in her life They go to conferences together, it s fu [...]



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