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On Top of the World

Jun 8, 2018

The original “Bro-dels” Matt and Dave tackle Jo Guldi and David Armitage’s The History Manifesto.  How should historians respond to the “crisis of the humanities?”  Your hosts discuss Guldi and Armitage’s ideas of “long-termism,” big data, and the need for public-facing scholarship from the perspective of World History.  While the book has got some great ideas, it seems like the authors have never met any of the world historians, who have been attempting to answer some of the big questions in the Manifesto for the last few decades!  We don’t feel slighted.  Totally not mad.

Don’t worry! Y ou can read the Manifesto for free (see link below).  Take a look and then join Matt & Dave in a wide-ranging discussion of hierarchy in the history academy, dropping enrollment, and Canada’s saddest reactionary, Jordan Peterson.


The History Manifesto by Jo Guldi and David Armitage

“Rise of the humanities” by Peter Mandler

“The CANADALAND Guide to Jordan B. Peterson”

Prof. Mike Davis: “There Was Once A Generation of Lions” interview by Mohsen Abdelmoumen

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Dave – Debt: The First 5000 Years by David Graeber

Matt – Clio Infra (dataset) by the International Institute of Social History