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A Commentary on Dipesh Chakrabarty’s The Climate of History: Four Theses


A short video commentary by Dr Maya Dodd, FLAME University, India on ‘The Climate of History: Four Theses’ by Dipesh Chakrabarty. This video commentary summarises Dipesh Chakrabarty’s essay on the link between history, literature and climate change. Dodd summarises the four theses posed by Chakrabarty in his essay.

Students will learn about the link between climate change and history of the human species and the planet. They will specifically learn about the ‘Anthropocene’ and the four theses that Dipesh Chakraborty poses to better understand the evolution of human history and the environment.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the link between human history and environmental history.
  2. What are the four theses posed by Dipesh Chakrabarty in his essay?
About Tool
Tool Name A Commentary By Maya Dodd on Dipesh Chakrabarty’s ‘The Climate of History: Four Theses’
Discipline Humanities
Topic(s) in Discipline Anthropocene, Cultural Studies, History, Literature, Fiction, Non-fiction, Environmental Humanities
Climate Topic Climate and Society, Climate and the Anthroposphere
Type of tool Video (5 min 30 secs) 
Grade Level Undergraduate, Graduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Dr. Maya Dodd, FLAME University, Pune, India for TROP ICSU by Science Media Centre, IISER Pune
Hosted at TROP ICSU
Access Online/Offline
Computer Skills Basic


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