Ecological Imperialism by Alfred W. Crosby

1117 Words Feb 24th, 2018 4 Pages
Crosby, answers many questions about the history of European expansion. It is a well written and thought out book with great analogies and detailed information that help the reader understand what exactly Crosby is trying to say. He starts off his book by explaining what the "Neo-Europes" are. They are a population who settled in the temperate zones and are mainly European descents. The questions he is attempting to explain is why there is a substantial mass of Europeans in these different lands which were so far-flung from Europe. The European emigrants have scattered among many lands in the world, and have become the leading ethnic group in most regions outside of Europe. In addition, Crosby reflects on how the Neo-Europes were able to provide vast food excess. His most important question though, is if " European humans have triumphed because of their superiority in arms, organization and fanaticism..." or "Perhaps the success of European imperialism has a biological, an ecological, component."(p.7) Further in the book Crosby explains his questions to the readers. First and foremost, the history of the stone age is important. The first humans created stepping stones to create a different future that is today. Looking back in history there were massively giant creatures that we couldnt even imagine roaming the earth today. Dating back to the stone age they succeeded…