History for Tomorrow

What inspiration can we find in the last 1000 years of history for tacking ten of the greatest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century?

History for Tomorrow: Inspiration from the Past for the Future of Humanity, will be published by Ebury (Penguin Random House UK) in July 2024.

About the book

As humanity faces a future of uncertainty, we would be wise to look backwards as we seek to chart a way forwards.

What can the history of slave revolts teach us about the power of rebellion to tackle the climate crisis? How might understanding the origins of capitalism spark ideas for bringing AI under control? What could we learn from eighteenth century Japan for creating regenerative economies today, or from the coffee houses of Georgian London for taming social media?

Leading social philosopher Roman Krznaric unearths fascinating insights and inspiration from the last 1000 years of world history that could help us confront the most urgent challenges of the twenty-first century. From bridging the inequality gap and reducing the risks of genetic engineering, to reviving our faith in democracy and avoiding ecological collapse, History for Tomorrow shows that history is not simply a means of understanding the past but a way of reimagining our relationship with the future. Krznaric reveals how, time and again, societies have risen up, often against the odds, to tackle challenges and overcome crises. History offers a vision of radical hope that could turn out to be our most vital tool for surviving and thriving in the turbulent decades ahead.

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