Perspectives on Public Policy in Societal-Environmental Crises What the Future Needs from History

This is an open access book. Histories we tell never emerge in a vacuum, and history as an academic discipline that studies the past is highly sensitive to the concerns of the present and the heated debates that can divide entire societies. But does the study of the past also have something to teach...

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Other Authors: Izdebski, Adam (Editor), Haldon, John (Editor), Filipkowski, Piotr (Editor)
Format: eBook
Published: Cham Springer International Publishing 2022, 2022
Edition:1st ed. 2022
Series:Risk, Systems and Decisions
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Collection: Springer eBooks 2005- - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Table of Contents:
  • 1. Introduction: what sort of past does our future need?
  • Part I: History and public policy in the era of planetary crisis
  • 2. What stories should historians be telling at the dawn of the Anthropocene?
  • 3. The Anthropocene contract. What kind of historian–reader agreement does environmental historiography need?
  • 4. History and utopian thinking in the era of the Anthropocene
  • 5. Potentials and risks of futurology: lessons from late socialist Poland
  • 6. Globalization as adaptive complexity: learning from failure
  • 7. Disjunctures of practice and the problems of collapse
  • Part II: Climate change
  • 8. Geoengineering and the Middle Ages: Lessons from medieval volcanic eruptions for the Anthropocene
  • 9. A perfect tsunami? El Nino, War and Resilience on Aceh, Sumatra
  • 10. Social Responses to Climate Change in a Politically Decentralized Context: A Case Study from East African History
  • 11. Resilience at the Edge: Strategies of Small-Scale Societies for Long-Term Sustainable Living in Dryland Environments
  • 12. Beyond Boom and Bust: Climate in the History of Medieval Steppe Empires (c. 550-1350 CE)
  • 13. Lessons for Modern Environmental and Climate Policy from Iron Age South Central Africa
  • Part III: Crisis and recovery
  • 14. Systemic Risk and Resilience: The Bronze Age Collapse and Recovery
  • 15. Panarchy and the Adaptive Cycle: A Case Study from Mycenaean Greece
  • 16. Managing the Roman Empire for the long term: risk assessment and management policy in the fifth to seventh centuries
  • 17. Success and Failure in the Norse North Atlantic: Origins, Pathway Divergence, Extinction and Survival
  • 18.Resilience of coupled socio-ecological systems: historic rice fields of the U.S. south
  • 19. The Short- and Long-Term Effects of an Early Medieval Pandemic
  • Part IV: Migration and the environment
  • 20. The integration of settlers into existing socio-environmental settings: reclaiming the Greek lands after the Late Medieval crisis
  • 21. Eastward migration in European history: the interplay of economic and environmental opportunities
  • 22. The Environmental Dimension of Migration: the case of Post-WWII Poland
  • Part V: Conclusions
  • 23. Concluding remarks: interdisciplinarity and public policy