Historical Perspectives on Climate Change / Edition 1

Historical Perspectives on Climate Change / Edition 1

by James Rodger Fleming
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195189736

ISBN-13: 9780195189735

Pub. Date: 07/28/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This intriguing volume provides a thorough examination of the historical roots of global climate change as a field of inquiry, from the Enlightenment to the late twentieth century. Based on primary and archival sources, the book is filled with interesting perspectives on what people have understood, experienced, and feared about the climate and its changes in the past…  See more details below

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This intriguing volume provides a thorough examination of the historical roots of global climate change as a field of inquiry, from the Enlightenment to the late twentieth century. Based on primary and archival sources, the book is filled with interesting perspectives on what people have understood, experienced, and feared about the climate and its changes in the past. Chapters explore climate and culture in Enlightenment thought; climate debates in early
America; the development of international networks of observation; the scientific transformation of climate discourse; and early contributions to understanding terrestrial temperature changes, infrared radiation, and the carbon dioxide theory of climate. But perhaps most important, this book shows what a study of the past has to offer the interdisciplinary investigation of current environmental problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195189735
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Apprehending Climate Change3
1Climate and Culture in Enlightenment Thought11
2The Great Climate Debate in Colonial and Early America21
3Privileged Positions: The Expansion of Observing Systems33
4Climate Discourse Transformed45
5Joseph Fourier's Theory of Terrestrial Temperatures55
6John Tyndall, Svante Arrhenius, and Early Research on Carbon Dioxide and Climate65
7T. C. Chamberlin and the Geological Agency of the Atmosphere83
8The Climatic Determinism of Ellsworth Huntington95
9Global Warming? The Early Twentieth Century107
10Global Cooling, Global Warming: Historical Dimensions129
Notes139
Bibliography167
Index190

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