When we think about history, we invariably think about the deeds of men and women in the past. Attention is rarely paid to factors that were crucial in providing the contexts for the creation of the first cities, for the development of religions, for populations movements, for the rise and fall of empires, for slavery and for dramatic changes to ecosystems. At a time when we all face a series of existential questions because of global warming and environmental change partly caused by our own choices, it is not only important but crucial to learn from the lessons of history.
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Peter Frankopan is a leading historian and Professor of Global History at Oxford University.