A Brief History of a Failing Civilization

The English edition was published by Zero Books on September 25, 2020.

The French edition was published by Les Éditions du Seuil (Paris) on October 1, 2020.

The German edition was published by Promedia Publishers (Vienna) in 2015.

The Dutch edition was published by Lemnicaat (Rotterdam) in 2017

Chinese, Italian, Spanish and Turkish editions are in preparation.

The End of the Megamachine brings to light the roots of the destructive forces threatening the future of humankind today. While the first part leads us to the very origins of economic, military and ideological power 5000 years ago, the second and key part retraces the formation and expansion of the modern world-system through the last 500 years. Dismantling Western progress mythologies, Scheidler shows how the logics of endless capital accumulation have devastated both human societies and ecosystems from the outset.

With the growing instability and looming collapse of the Megamachine in the 21st century new dangers as well as new possibilities for systemic change open up.

The End of the Megamachine shifts the point of view from a “history of the winners” to a “people’s history”. It highlights the key role of the “metallurgical complex” linking military and financial systems and fostering the evolution of technocratic visions of the world from antiquity to modernity. A particular focus is the history of “apocalyptic thinking” that has been formative for Western culture, both for capitalist projections of a “New World” and for anti-systemic movements.

The End of the Megamachine . A Brief History of a Failing Civilization
Zero Books, Winchester, UK/Washington, USA
ISBN 978-1-78904-271-9, UK £19,99, US $29,95

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“The topic could not be more important. A very valuable and surely timely contribution.”
Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“A must read for everyone rising against the system that is destroying life on earth and our future.”
Vandana Shiva, World Future Council, founder of Navdanya.org

“A fascinating new take on the parts of human history that got us where we are today. It’s a disturbing story, but it offers some clues on the way out of our box canyon.”
Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org

“This book, a sensation in Germany when it was first published, challenges us to seek a new path for our and the planet’s survival.”
Maude Barlow, Chairperson of the Council of the Canadians

“A magnificent book, that couldn’t be more topical. We owe gratitude, solidarity and a lot of admiration to the author.”
Jean Ziegler, Advisory Committee to the UN Human Rights Council

“What a brilliant achievement—a wonderfully coherent, cogent and gripping story of the historical origins of the political, economic, social and ecological crises of our times. You can’t be a serious activist committed to creating a new world if you haven’t read this.”
Firoze Manji, Carleton University; founder of Pambazuka News

“A fascinating book, delightful to read in spite of the grim topic. This is an excellent reflection on the terror/hope that we are living.”
John Holloway, Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico

“This book is a loud alarm that must not be ignored.”
Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, Nigeria

A highly original and fascinating book. It helps to understand and overcome the global Megamachine that is threatening our future.
Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, president of the Club of Rome (2012-2018)

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Christian Felber, founder of the “Economy for the Common Good“

“Top 10 of non-fiction”
Robert Jungk Library for Future Studies

“A masterstroke!”
Andrea Komlosy,
Yale University, Vienna University

“This book should become part of the curricula of all schools and universities.
Ulrich Duchrow in the German biweekly “Publik Forum”

“An extremely good read.”
Annette Jensen in the German daily “Taz. Die Tageszeitung“

“Well-founded and highly original.”
Ute Scheub in the Swiss monthly “Zeitpunkt”

“Fabian Scheidler has written not only an economic but also a remarkable psychological history of capitalism.”
Barbara Dyttrich in the Swiss weekly “WOZ”