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History at the End of the World? History, Climate Change and the Possibility of Closure

Edited by Mark Levene,
Rob Johnson and Penny Roberts

History at the End of the World? is a co-authored book produced by Rescue!History, a group of historians concerned with the challenge of climate change - how we got here and where we go next. The sixteen authors propose that climate change means serious peril. Their argument, however, is not about the science per se. It is about us, our deep and more recent history, and how we arrived at this calamitous impasse. With contributions from academic activists and independent researchers, whose specialisms include archaeology, history, literature, religion, psychology, sociology, philosophy of science, engineering and sustainable development, History at the End of the World challenges advocates of ‘business as usual’ to think again. Its wide-ranging assessment of how we transcend the current crisis also proposes that the human past could be our most powerful resource in the struggle for survival.

Mark Levene is Reader in Comparative History at the University of Southampton, Rob Johnson is a historian at All Souls College, Oxford, and Penny Roberts is Associate Professor in History at the University of Warwick.