In the Harari text, the Industrial Revolution is associated with a major social change, the state and market replacing the family and community (pg. 355). This major change was due to the new technologies that emerged during the industrial revolution (pg. 358). New technology allowed for easier access and communication to people outside the extended family and community, this led to the quick breakdown of the family dynamic (pg.358). This led to the increase of the individual idea, that people could do and be who they want, and did not need anyone else, which furthered the support of this market and state and the dependence that people have on it, such as for education, medicine, etc (Pg. 360).
In my opinion, historians should act as educators to the growing public of the negative impact people are having on themselves and other species. While this is a commonly discussed theme, numbers and drastic figures are often left out of the discussion, an important part in seeing the bigger picture. While historians may not be able to do much to save us, they can show how their knowledge of the past gives them insight into the future, allowing them to make serious predictions of where we are headed. If more people understood the extent to which people have taken advantage of and ruined our world, I think change would be easier to make.