The Little Ice Age

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-12-26
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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The Little Ice Age tells the story of the turbulent, unpredictable, and often very cold years of modern European history, how this altered climate affected historical events, and what it means for today's global warming. Building on research that has only recently confirmed that the world endured a 500year cold snap, renowned archaeologist Brian Fagan shows how the increasing cold influenced familiar events from Norse exploration to the settlement of North America to the Industrial Revolution. This is a fascinating book for anyone interested in history, climate, and how they interact.

Author Biography

Brian Fagan is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he has written many internationally acclaimed popular books about archaeology, including The Little Ice Age, Floods, Famines, and Emperors, and The Long Summer. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Author's Notep. xxi
Warmth and Its Aftermath
The Medieval Warm Periodp. 3
The Great Faminep. 23
Cooling Begins
The Climatic Seesawp. 47
Storms, Cod and Doggersp. 61
A Vast Peasantryp. 79
The End of the "Full World"
The Specter of Hungerp. 101
The War Against the Glaciersp. 113
"More Like Winter Than Summer"p. 129
Dearth and Revolutionp. 149
The Year Without a Summerp. 167
An Ghorta Morp. 181
The Modern Warm Period
A Warmer Greenhousep. 201
Notesp. 219
Indexp. 235
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