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Amitav Ghosh on History and Climate Change


A video lecture by Amitav Ghosh, author of ‘The Great Derangement: Fiction, History, and Politics in the Age of Global Warming’ as part of a 4 part lecture series delivered at the University of Chicago’s Randy L. & Melvin R. Berlin Family Lectures. In this video lecture, Ghosh discusses the link between history and climate change. The video also discusses impacts of climate change on historical narratives of capitalism and imperialism in Asia.

Students will understand the role of climate change in shaping history. They will further understand how global warming has contributed to shaping societies in the Asian continent.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the link between climate change and history.
  2. Discuss how climate change influenced the history of South Asia.
About Tool
Tool Name The Great Derangement: Literature, History, and Politics in the Age of Global Warming
Discipline Humanities
Topic(s) in Discipline Cli-Fi, Post-colonial Studies, Cultural Studies, History, Political History, Imperialism, Colonialism, Non-fiction, Literature, Climate Fiction
Climate Topic Climate and Society
Type of tool Video (1 hr 13 mins) 
Grade Level Undergraduate, Graduate 
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Amitav Ghosh at the Berlin Family Lectures, The University of Chicago 
Hosted at YouTube
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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