Author Archives: Kenneth Pomeranz

Controversy Continues at the New York Public Library

The New York Public Library houses one of the great research collections in the world – especially, though certainly not exclusively, for historians. And as a public library, it has long been open to anyone.

Climate, Politics, and History: What Can the 1600s Teach Us?

In “The Inevitable Climate Catastrophe,” Geoffrey Parker reminds us of how human history is linked to natural history, and of some historical dimensions of the hugely important contemporary debates about climate change. But if the title of his piece stresses inevitability, he also has another, perhaps more historical, message: “it took human stupidity to turn [the 17th-century climate] crisis into catastrophe.”

Perspectives on History, April

Why History? A Note on the AHA Tuning Project

If you are at a university, the April issue of Perspectives on History probably arrived together with finals or midterms. Your time is even more precious than usual, and general reading is probably not your first priority. But I would strongly encourage you to make time for the forum on the AHA’s Tuning project—even, or perhaps especially, if you are skeptical of the effort.

AHA Supports Visas for Cuban Scholars to Attend LASA Conference

I write on behalf of the American Historical Association (AHA) to request your support to facilitate visas for Cuban scholars who have been invited to participate in the XXXI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association to be held May 29 to June 1, 2013 in Washington, D.C.


How the “bosses’-eye view” of History is Capturing National Headlines

Sunday's New York Times has a story on the growing numbers of courses and research projects on the history of capitalism. The article highlights the creativity of a number of historians who have been looking at financiers, industrialists, and other important economic decision makers, with tools that include, but go beyond, economics.