Kristin Poling is assistant professor of modern European history at University of Michigan—Dearborn. Her book Germany’s Urban Frontiers: Nature and History on the Edge of the Nineteenth-Century City is coming out with University of Pittsburgh Press in Fall 2020. She also writes and teaches about cities, environments, and how human beings understand their relationships to each other and to the past.
College students are taking fewer history classes than ever before. The consequences have implications not just for our collective knowledge about the past, but also for our ability to make sense of the present.