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The Climate of History In A Planetary Age

"The Climate of History In A Planetary Age" by Dipesh Chakrabarty is shared by the Bartlett Faculty Climate Curriculum Working Group.

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Delving into the profound implications of climate change on historical and political thought

The “Climate of History In A Planetary Age” by Dipesh Chakrabarty, the renowned historian from the University of Chicago, delves into the profound implications of climate change on historical and political thought. Chakrabarty contends that climate change disrupts traditional notions of history, modernity, and globalization, forcing humanists to confront universal truths they have long avoided.

Chakrabarty introduces the concept of viewing ourselves simultaneously from both a global and planetary perspective. While globalization is a human construct, the planetary Earth system relegates humanity to a secondary role. He explores how this distinction challenges our understanding of modern freedoms and critiques why progressive scholarship has struggled to address the historical dilemmas posed by anthropogenic climate change.

The book culminates in a conversation between Chakrabarty and French anthropologist Bruno Latour, offering further insights into the complex intersections of climate, history, and human existence.


This reference was recommended by the Bartlett Climate Curriculum Working Group.

The working group serves as a collaborative platform for staff, students, and professional services staff from the 13 institutes and departments within the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. Participation in the group is voluntary, with a focus on gathering recommendations for resources that explore the intersectional and multidisciplinary aspects of the climate emergency and social justice. Despite the global nature of the climate crisis, its social repercussions disproportionately affect marginalized communities, highlighting the urgent need for action. The list of recommended references is continuously expanding through collective efforts. Bartlett Alternative acknowledges and appreciates the Working Group’s ongoing dedication in promoting the sharing of diverse works and resources, by amplifying underrepresented voices, narratives, and agendas.


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