The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable | Chapter 11 of 12

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This book began as a set of four lectures, presented at the University of Chicago in the fall of 2015. The lectures were the second in a series named after the family of Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin. I am deeply grateful to the Berlin family, and the administrators of the series, for providing me with an opportunity to develop my ideas on climate change.

There could have been no more congenial milieu in which to present these ideas than the University of Chicago, which is a global pioneer in the study of the Anthropocene. The comments and questions of those who attended the lectures gave me a great deal to think about, as did my interactions with the university community. My thanks go especially to Dipesh Chakrabarty, Julia Adeney Thomas, and Kenneth Pomeranz: they have all enriched this book, through their work in the first instance, but also by their comments on the lectures.

Prasenjit Duara and Tansen Sen gave me invaluable guidance and advice on Chinese materials; they and Liang Yongjia also translated certain passages that are quoted in the book. I owe them many thanks.

Through much of the time that I was working on and editing this book, I was a Visiting Fellow at the Ford Foundation: I gratefully acknowledge the foundation’s support.

My wife, Deborah Baker, read an early version of the manuscript, as did Adam Sobel, Rahul Srivastava, and Mukul Kesavan; Lucano Alvares and Raghu Kesavan pointed me to some important sources: I owe them all many thanks.

Studies have shown that a mention of global warming at a dinner table is almost certain to lead to a quick change of subject. My children, Lila and Nayan, did not always have that option when they were growing up: I am, as ever, grateful to them for their forbearance.

My thanks go finally to Alan Thomas and Meru Gokhale, my editors, and to the three anonymous readers who reviewed the manuscript for the University of Chicago Press: their comments were invaluable.


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