Paolo Malanima è professore di Storia Economica e Direttore dell’Istituto di Studi sulle Società del Mediterraneo (CNR), è autore di libri e articoli sulla storia economica europea. Ha pubblicato di recente Premodern European Economy. One Thousand Years (10th19th centuries) (Brill, Leiden-Boston, 2009), con V. Daniele, Il divario Nord-Sud in Italia 1861-2011 (Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli, 2011) e, con A. Kander e P. Warde, Power to the people. Energy in Europe over the last five centuries (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2013).
Power to the People offers new perspectives on the challenges posed today by climate change and peak oil, demonstrating that although the path of modern economic development has vastly increased our energy use, it has not been a story of ever-rising and continuous consumption. The book sheds light on the often lengthy and complex changes needed for new energy systems to emerge, the role of energy resources in economic growth, and the importance of energy efficiency in promoting growth and reducing future energy demand.