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Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

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by Brian Fagan
     
 

ISBN-10: 1596913924

ISBN-13: 9781596913929

Pub. Date: 03/04/2008

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

How the earth's previous global warming phase, from the tenth to the fifteenth centuries, reshaped human societies from the Arctic to the Sahara—a wide-ranging history with sobering lessons for our own time.

From the tenth to the fifteenth centuries the earth experienced a rise in surface temperature that changed climate worldwide&

Overview

How the earth's previous global warming phase, from the tenth to the fifteenth centuries, reshaped human societies from the Arctic to the Sahara—a wide-ranging history with sobering lessons for our own time.

From the tenth to the fifteenth centuries the earth experienced a rise in surface temperature that changed climate worldwide—a preview of today's global warming. In some areas, including Western Europe, longer summers brought bountiful harvests and population growth that led to cultural flowering. In the Arctic, Inuit and Norse sailors made cultural connections across thousands of miles as they traded precious iron goods. Polynesian sailors, riding new wind patterns, were able to settle the remotest islands on earth. But in many parts of the world, the warm centuries brought drought and famine. Elaborate societies in western and central America collapsed, and the vast building complexes of Chaco Canyon and the Mayan Yucatan were left empty.

As he did in his bestselling The Little Ice Age, anthropologist and historian Brian Fagan reveals how subtle changes in the environment had far-reaching effects on human life, in a narrative that sweeps from the Arctic ice cap to the Sahara to the Indian Ocean. The history of the Great Warming of a half millennium ago suggests that we may yet be underestimating the power of climate change to disrupt our lives today—and our vulnerability to drought, writes Fagan, is the "silent elephant in the room."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596913929
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
03/04/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.73(w) x 9.13(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Author's Note     xix
A Time of Warming     1
"The Mantle of the Poor"     22
The Flail of God     46
The Golden Trade of the Moors     66
Inuit and Qadlunaat     87
The Megadrought Epoch     106
Acorns and Pueblos     120
Lords of the Water Mountains     138
The Lords of Chimor     155
Bucking the Trades     173
The Flying Fish Ocean     194
China's Sorrow     213
The Silent Elephant     228
Acknowledgments     243
Notes     245
Index     263

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