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New Book Releases – Week of 8 April 2024 – Mohamed Amer Meziane, more…

Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out…

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to each of the new book releases)


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*** Our Starred New Book of the Week:

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The States of the Earth: An Ecological and Racial History of Secularization

Mohamed Amer Meziane

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“An extraordinary book. Mohamed Amer Meziane’s breathtaking analysis of the making of fossil states opens to a new genre of history writing where the very layers of earth’s riches are at its center.”
—Ann Laura Stoler, author of Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power, Along the Archival Grain

How the disenchantment of empire led to climate change

While industrial states competed to colonize Asia and Africa in the nineteenth century, conversion to Christianity was replaced by a civilizing mission. This new secular impetus strode hand in hand with racial capitalism in the age of empires: a terrestrial paradise was to be achieved through accumulation and the ravaging of nature.

Far from a defence of religion, The States of the Earth argues that phenomena such as evangelism and political Islam are best understood as products of empire and secularization. In a world where material technology was considered divine, religious and secular forces both tried to achieve Heaven on Earth by destroying Earth itself.


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