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What stories should historians be telling at the dawn of the Anthropocene?


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

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Izdebski, A. (2022). What stories should historians be telling at the dawn of the Anthropocene? In A. Izdebski, J. Haldon, & P. Filipkowski (Eds.), Perspectives on public policy in societal-environmental crises: what the future needs from history (1, pp. 9-19). Cham: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-94137-6_2.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000A-BFAC-E
This chapter discusses the ways in which history can contribute to coping with the current planetary crisis. It argues that historians should engage more in interdisciplinary exchange across the humanities-natural sciences divide. Thus they will be able to create historical narratives fitting for the Anthropocene—both in terms of explaining it and shaping our responses to it, in particular to the acute planetary crisis that marks its advent. At the same time, history should not give up its drive to critically dissect and analyse socio-political, economic, cultural and ecological change, contributing to developing balanced and resilient public policy.