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Introduction: what sort of past does our future need?


Izdebski,  Adam
Palaeo-Science and History, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society;

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Izdebski, A., Haldon, J., & Filipkowski, P. (2022). Introduction: what sort of past does our future need? In A. Izdebski, J. Haldon, & P. Filipkowski (Eds.), Perspectives on public policy in societal-environmental crises: what the future needs from history (1, pp. 1-5). Cham: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-94137-6_1.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000A-BFA8-2
In this short introduction we set out the aims of the volume, which represents the fruits of two seminars held in the autumn of 2020. The chapters respond to one big thematic issue: how to research and understand historical societal resilience; and one big question: what sort of past does the future need? They attempt to address these through three linked themes: can history be made more relevant to modern policy in respect of environmental and climate challenges? To what extent do our various sources indicate awareness and management of risk and/or the implementation of mitigating strategies in the past? And how can we identify `resilience' in the social praxis of historical agents?