Crisis of Historiography and Usefulness of History in the Light of Anthropocene Topics: Inequality, Power, World-System, Resistance and Deep History (Review of (Bonneuil és Fressoz: The Shock of the Anthropocene; Lewis és Maslin: The Human Planet) Cover Image
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A történettudomány válsága és haszna az antropocén témák tükrében: egyenlőtlenség, hatalom, világrendszer, ellenállás és deep history (Bonneuil és Fressoz: The Shock of the Anthropocene; Lewis és Maslin: The Human Planet)
Crisis of Historiography and Usefulness of History in the Light of Anthropocene Topics: Inequality, Power, World-System, Resistance and Deep History (Review of (Bonneuil és Fressoz: The Shock of the Anthropocene; Lewis és Maslin: The Human Planet)

Author(s): Róbert Balogh
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, History, Social Sciences, Sociology, Economic history, Social history, Modern Age, Recent History (1900 till today), Special Historiographies:, Social Theory, Environmental interactions
Published by: Fordulat
Keywords: antropocene;capitalocene;deep history;world-system;world-system analysis;world-system theory;historiography;

Summary/Abstract: The importance of the books reviewed here lies in their ability to go beyond the Anthropocene versus Capitalocene debate and in describing a framework of notions that lead to the conclusion that the adequate response to the risks that global biophysical changes bring about is a new mode of living replacing the current form of consumer capitalism. The authors of the two books are two ecologists and two historians. Their arguments converge on the point that if we live in the Anthropocene, then the academic response to this condition is a critical theory that includes a new narrative about human history and analysis of the processes that brought about the current condition and that need to be changed. The new ground that the volumes break makes it possible to hypothesize that historiography may overcome its decades-long crisis as a result of increasing sensitivity to socio-natural phenomena and interaction with biological sciences.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 25
  • Page Range: 264-272
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Hungarian