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Cultural history in retrospect

Authored by: Hannu Salmi

The Routledge Companion to Cultural History in the Western World

Print publication date:  September  2020
Online publication date:  September  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138649460
eBook ISBN: 9781003080206
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The Epilogue discusses current challenges for cultural historial research. It starts with the devastating fire that confronted the medieval cathedral Notre Dame de Paris in 2019 and explores the fragility of the past. It moves forward to the recent theoretical emphasis on non-human agency and argues that the study of human/non-human entanglements is essential for understanding human-ness. The present prediction of future changes in climate, economy and global sustainability refers to major challenges during the forthcoming decades. For understanding these changes, it remains vital to look back into the past from new perspectives, not only by focusing on things that have been remembered, but also by trying to find territories that have not yet even been conceived in historical terms.

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