Toward a new historical condition
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From the transformations of our historical experiences, can we hypothesize the emergence of a new historical condition? I think we can answer this question in the affirmative. Indeed, the questioning of the modern concept of history, as well as the rise of memory, the future in crisis, the growing place taken by the present alone – these are all symptoms of the recent and profound transformations of our experience of time. The discipline of history struggles to grasp these transformations and, even more, to give them meaning. Can global history, which has developed rapidly, put forward a new concept of history? Isn’t the Anthropocene, which recognizes humanity as a geological force, nothing short of a radical questioning of history as it has been written since the modern era? For historians, calls to reintroduce the dimension of the future, starting by reopening the past and its potential outcomes that never were, question the withdrawal into the present itself.