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John R. McNeill

Professor of History, Georgetown University

J.R. McNeill is professor of history at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. His book, “Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World,” examines in careful detail the potential conflicts of competing desires for rapid economic growth and cheap sources of energy.
Professor McNeill was born in Chicago and educated at Swarthmore College and Duke University. He is also the author of “The Mountains of the Mediterranean World: An Environmental History” (Cambridge University Press 1992).

“Something New Under the Sun,” published by W.W. Norton, won the World History Association book prize for 2000.

Articles by John R. McNeill

Yellow Fever and Globalization

Back in the 17th century, were pandemics also transmitted by birds?

September 1, 2005

A Tale of Two Rivers

How much of a country's environmental history can a river tell you?

October 28, 2001

Istanbul and Chicago — A Tale of Two Cities

How to keep up the supply of clean water when your city is growing fast.

June 15, 2001

The History of Energy Since 10,000 B.C.

Are energy problems a 20th-century invention?

April 20, 2001