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Klimat historii. Cztery tezy
The climate of history: four theses

Author(s): Dipesh Chakrabarty
Subject(s): History
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk

Summary/Abstract: In this essay Chakrabarty engages with Paul J. Crutzen and Eugene F. Stoermer’s concept of the ‘anthropocene,’ proposed in 2000 to describe the geological epoch in which humans exist as the main geological force. Chakrabarty asks how fierce and irreversible climat change impacts our thinking about human history. Analysing the assumptions of classical historiography as well as current research on global warming, Charkabarty concludes that in the face of climate change it becomes necessary to supplement global histories of capital with a species history of humans. 76

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 168-199
  • Page Count: 32