Historical Perspectives on Climate Change / Edition 1

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Overview

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.
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"A lucid, well-written, and skillfully presented work; the bibliography is bountiful and sources of information are well-documented. . . . [for] General readers; faculty."--Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195189735
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Colby College
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Apprehending Climate Change 3
1 Climate and Culture in Enlightenment Thought 11
2 The Great Climate Debate in Colonial and Early America 21
3 Privileged Positions: The Expansion of Observing Systems 33
4 Climate Discourse Transformed 45
5 Joseph Fourier's Theory of Terrestrial Temperatures 55
6 John Tyndall, Svante Arrhenius, and Early Research on Carbon Dioxide and Climate 65
7 T. C. Chamberlin and the Geological Agency of the Atmosphere 83
8 The Climatic Determinism of Ellsworth Huntington 95
9 Global Warming? The Early Twentieth Century 107
10 Global Cooling, Global Warming: Historical Dimensions 129
Notes 139
Bibliography 167
Index 190
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