A Cultural History of Climate

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Polity, 2010 - Всего страниц: 295
Global warming and the future of the climate is one of the greatest challenges of our time, but what do we know about climate variations 500 years ago, or 5000 years ago? How can we know anything at all about the history of weather? What impact have climate changes had on human prosperity and the spirit of invention?

In this major new book Wolfgang Behringer introduces us to the latest historical research on the development of the earth's climate. He focuses above all on the cultural reactions to climate change through the ages, showing how even minor changes in the climate sometimes resulted in major social, political and religious upheavals. By examining how our predecessors responded to climate changes, Behringer provides us with a fresh basis for thinking about how we might address the serious climatic challenges we face today.

 

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WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE CLIMATE?
8
GLOBAL WARMING THE HOLOCENE
31
GLOBAL COOLING THE LITTLE ICE AGE
85
CULTURAL CONSEQUENCES OF THE LITTLE ICE AGE
121
GLOBAL WARMING THE MODERN WARM PERIOD
168
EPILOGUE SINS AGAINST THE ENVIRONMENT AND GREENHOUSE CLIMATE
206
NOTES
218
FURTHER READING
262
INDEX
264
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Wolfgang Behringer, Univeristy of York

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