Dipesh Chakrabarty, “The Crises of Civilization: Exploring Global and Planetary Histories”

Dipesh Chakrabarty, istaknuti predstavnik postkolonijalnih studija i autor utjecajne knjige “Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference” objavio je 2019. godine knjigu “The Crises of Civilization: Exploring Global and Planetary Histories”.



The Crises of Civilization

Exploring Global and Planetary Histories

Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty


Oxford University Press

Published: 14 February 2019

321 Pages



There are few books in the South Asian market which explore the way that climate change will alter how we think about humanity’s place in nature, and none that relate climate change to postcolonial history.



Societies that have long wrestled with the legacies of colonialism now confront both a crisis of globalization and a crisis of climate. This collection of essays by a leading scholar of postcolonial studies and environmental humanities examines these distinct – but interrelated – crises side by side. The first series of essays, ‘Global Worlds’, details how varied ideas of civilization and humanism have shaped ideas about a global humanity in the lingering twilight of the European empires – and outlines the conflicts and connections that arise from global encounters in our postcolonial age. The essays of ‘The Planetary Human’ explore the significance of planetary climate change for humanistic and postcolonial thought. The crisis of climate change demands not only critiques of capitalism and inequality, but also new thinking about the human species as a whole — and about our patterns of justice, our writing of history, and our relationship with nature in the age of the Anthropocene.


Table of Contents

Communing with Magpies
I. Global Worlds
1. Belatedness As Possibility: The Subaltern Subject
and the Problem of Repetition in World History
2. Can Political Economy be Postcolonial? A Note
3. An Anti-Colonial History of Postcolonial Thought
A Tribute to Greg Dening
4. From Civilization to Globalization:
The ‘West’ as A Shifting Signifier in Indian Modernity
5. Friendships in the Shadow of Empire:
Tagore’s Reception in Chicago, c. 1913-1932
6. Romantic Archives:
Literature and the Politics of Identity in Bengal
7. Reading Fanon: What Use is Utopian Thought?
II. The Planetary Human
8. The Climate of History: Four Theses
9. On Some Rifts in Contemporary Thinking on Climate Change
10. Postcolonial Studies and the Challenge of Climate Change
11. Interview: Dipesh Chakrabarty with Actuel Marx
12. Interview: Dipesh Chakrabarty with Katrin Klingan
Select Bibliography of Published Works
About the Author


Author Information

Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History and South Asian Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago

Dipesh Chakrabarty is the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History and South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, US. His books include Rethinking WorkingClass History: Bengal 1890-1940 (1989), Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (2000), and The Calling of History: Sir Jadunath Sarkar and His Empire of Truth ( 2015). He is a founding member of the editorial collective Subaltern Studies and a consulting editor of Critical Inquiry. He also holds an honorary D. Litt degree from the University of London (2010), and an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Antwerp (2011). He received the 2014 Toynbee Prize for his contributions to global history and delivered the Tanner Lectures in Human Values at Yale in 2015.