Economic and Social History Blog


Inequality: Natural or not?

In a recently published piece in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science Bas van Bavel (with co-authors from the Environmental Sciences department of Wageningen University) argues that maybe some of what we see in terms of contemporary rampant inequality stems from patterns to be observed in the natural world.

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Ecological Armageddon?! What can historians do to help?

By Thomas van Goethem The Guardian raised some eyebrows with headlines such as ‘Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers’ and ‘Earth’s sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn’. The message is clear though: species are disappearing, and it matters! Biologists around the world report species loss across the board. The…

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Book tips – Biodiversity and Bees

I was recently asked to write a book suggestion for the History bachelors newsletter. I found it very hard to limit myself to one book, so here I include my original suggestions with a connection to the topics covered by economic historians, as well as some additional fodder. So when I have time I’m an…

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