L'émergence d'une histoire environnementale interdisciplinaire

Izdebski, Adam and Bloomfield, Kevin and Eastwood, Warren J. and Fernandes, Ricardo and Fleitmann, Dominik and Guzowski, Piotr and Haldon, John and Ludlow, Francis and Luterbacher, Jürg and Manning, Joseph G. and Masi, Alessia and Mordechai, Lee and Newfield, Timothy P. and Stine, Alexander R. and Senkul, Cetin and Xoplaki, Elena and Heudre, Antoine. (2022) L'émergence d'une histoire environnementale interdisciplinaire. Annales : histoire, sciences sociales, 77 (1). pp. 11-58.

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With the efflorescence of palaeoscientific approaches to the past, historians have been confronted with a wealth of new evidence on both human and natural phenomena, from human disease and migration through to landscape change and climate. These new data require a rewriting of our narratives of the past, questioning what constitutes an authoritative historical source and who is entitled to recount history to contemporary societies. Humanities-based historical inquiry must embrace this new evidence, but to do so historians need to engage with it in a critical manner, just as they engage critically with textual and material sources. This article highlights the most vital methodological issues, ranging from the spatiotemporal scales and heterogeneity of the new evidence to the new roles attributed to quantitative methods and the place of scientific data in narrative construction. It considers areas of study where the palaeosciences have "intruded" into fields and subjects previously reserved for historians, especially socioeconomic, climate, and environmental history. The authors argue that active engagement with new approaches is urgently needed if historians want to contribute to our evolving understanding of the challenges of the Anthropocene.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Geowissenschaften > Quartärgeologie (Fleitmann)
UniBasel Contributors:Fleitmann, Dominik
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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