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michael.deflorian.3871@student.uu.se # Posted on September 10, 2014 at 14:36

Reply to Ellen:

I think that Libby Robin gave you a very good advice by pointing to the relatedness of the world and thus your micro case and the world around it. Moreover, I believe that is one of the remarkable features that environmental history holds as a discipline: to show the persistence and change of connections between regions, humans, plants and other entities. As the human mind is too limited to grasp the whole system of relations, environmental history can at least offer glimpses into it, litte models which enable people to understand their world better and act in a more sustainable manner towards it.

Indeed it is important not to let the present interfere too much with your analysis of the past. That is one of the most difficult roles of a historian as we learnt last semester: by “reenacting” the thoughts of someone in the past like Collingwood argued one could understand and repeat events which are long gone. But that does not mean that you can not draw a line between the climate crisis of the 18th with the one in the 21st century. In your last chapter you could offer your readers the differences and similarities in responding to a radically changing climate. It would be interesting to see if people were more away and flexible during these times than we are today in our modern, techno-fixed societies.