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Dobkowski Explores the Impact of Modernization and Industrialization

Prolific writer and professor Michael N. Dobkowski co-edits book On the Edge of Scarcity: Environment, Resources, Population, Sustainability, and Conflict.

March 19, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.— Modernization and industrialization have been blamed for presenting the human race with many problems, inflicting deprivation, poverty, war and premature death on millions of people. In a newly published book, professors Michael N. Dobkowski, of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Isidor Wallimann, of the University of Applied Sciences in Basel, project a disastrous future for humankind as surplus populations collide with dwindling resources.

The book On the Edge of Scarcity: Environment, Resources, Population, Sustainability, and Conflict was released this month by Syracuse University Press. It was adapted from their previously published book The Coming Age of Scarcity: Preventing Mass Death and Genocide in the Twenty-first Century (1998).

“In this book we have addressed one of the most pressing and significant issues that humanity has confronted to date—the lack of life-sustaining resources,” Dobkowksi said.

Dobkowski has written several books including The Tarnished Dream: The Basis of American Anti-Semitism, The Politics of Indifference: Documentary History of Holocaust Victims in America, and Jewish American Voluntary Organizations. He has co-written other volumes on the Holocaust and genocide, as well as The Nuclear Predicament: Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century. His current endeavors also include a Holocaust-era novel.

A professor of religious studies, he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. (with distinction) from New York University. In 1996, 1998, and 2000 he participated in the Goldner Holocaust Symposium at Wroxton College in England, and in 1979 he was a Fellow at the Institute for the Teaching of the Post-Biblical Foundations of Western Civilization at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He received the New York University Ferdinand Czernin Prize in History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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