Jo Guldi

Current Projects

My next project is a history of land use and capitalism, the story of peoples displaced by innovations in technology applied to territory, culminating in the nineteenth-century land reform movement as it spread into the global land reform movements of the twentieth century.

I have published extensively on the history of the infrastructure state and our changing use of land in the era of capitalism. I was a Fellow of the Commonweal Institute of Palo Alto, California, where I write about the challenges posed by a common system of infrastructure. I was also a Mellon Fellow at the University of Chicago, where I taught digital methodologies and the history of information revolutions. My postdoctoral research included a history of the idea of landscape, a history of financial crises linked to railways, a history of nineteenth-century heterotopias, and a short documentary project on the development crisis in the US rust belt.

The History Manifesto

How should historians speak truth to power - and why does it matter? Why is five hundred years better than five months or five years as a planning horizon? And why is history - especially long-term history - so essential to understanding the multiple pasts which gave rise to our conflicted present? The History Manifesto is a call to arms to historians and everyone interested in the role of history in contemporary society. Leading historians Jo Guldi and David Armitage identify a recent shift back to longer-term narratives, following many decades of increasing specialisation, which they argue is vital for the future of historical scholarship and how it is communicated. This provocative and thoughtful book makes an important intervention in the debate about the role of history and the humanities in a digital age. It will provoke discussion among policymakers, activists and entrepreneurs as well as ordinary listeners, viewers, readers, students and teachers.

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