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History meets palaeoscience : Consilience and collaboration in studying past societal responses to environmental change

Haldon, John ; Mordechai, Lee ; Newfield, Timothy P. ; Chase, Arlen F. ; Izdebski, Adam ; Guzowski, Piotr ; Labuhn, Inga LU and Roberts, Neil (2018) In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115(13). p.3210-3218
Abstract

History and archaeology have a well-established engagement with issues of premodern societal development and the interaction between physical and cultural environments; together, they offer a holistic view that can generate insights into the nature of cultural resilience and adaptation, as well as responses to catastrophe. Grasping the challenges that climate change presents and evolving appropriate policies that promote and support mitigation and adaptation requires not only an understanding of the science and the contemporary politics, but also an understanding of the history of the societies affected and in particular of their cultural logic. But whereas archaeologists have developed productive links with the paleosciences,... (More)

History and archaeology have a well-established engagement with issues of premodern societal development and the interaction between physical and cultural environments; together, they offer a holistic view that can generate insights into the nature of cultural resilience and adaptation, as well as responses to catastrophe. Grasping the challenges that climate change presents and evolving appropriate policies that promote and support mitigation and adaptation requires not only an understanding of the science and the contemporary politics, but also an understanding of the history of the societies affected and in particular of their cultural logic. But whereas archaeologists have developed productive links with the paleosciences, historians have, on the whole, remained muted voices in the debate until recently. Here, we suggest several ways in which a consilience between the historical sciences and the natural sciences, including attention to even distant historical pasts, can deepen contemporary understanding of environmental change and its effects on human societies.

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Adaptation, Collapse, Consilience, History, Resilience
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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115
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13
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9 pages
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National Acad Sciences
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  • pmid:29531084
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0027-8424
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10.1073/pnas.1716912115
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English
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  author       = {Haldon, John and Mordechai, Lee and Newfield, Timothy P. and Chase, Arlen F. and Izdebski, Adam and Guzowski, Piotr and Labuhn, Inga and Roberts, Neil},
  issn         = {0027-8424},
  language     = {eng},
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  number       = {13},
  pages        = {3210--3218},
  publisher    = {National Acad Sciences},
  series       = {Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  title        = {History meets palaeoscience : Consilience and collaboration in studying past societal responses to environmental change},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1716912115},
  doi          = {10.1073/pnas.1716912115},
  volume       = {115},
  year         = {2018},
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