Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century - Abridged and Revised Edn

Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century - Abridged and Revised Edn

by Geoffrey Parker


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An accessible synthesis of the prescient best seller exploring seventeenth-century catastrophe and the impact of climate change

First published in 2013, Geoffrey Parker’s prize-winning best seller Global Crisis analyzes the unprecedented calamities—revolutions, droughts, famines, invasions, wars, and regicides—that befell the mid-seventeenth-century world and wiped out as much as one-third of the global population, and reveals climate change to be the root cause. Examining firsthand accounts of the crises and scrutinizing the prevailing weather patterns during the 1640s and 1650s—longer and harsher winters, and cooler and wetter summers—Parker reveals evidence of disrupted growing seasons causing malnutrition, disease, a higher death toll, and fewer births.
This new abridged edition distills the original book’s prodigious research for a broader audience while retaining and indeed emphasizing Parker’s extraordinary historical achievement: his dazzling demonstration of the link between climate change and worldwide catastrophe 350 years ago. Yet, the contemporary implications of his study are equally important: are we prepared today for the catastrophes that climate change could bring tomorrow? At half the original length, this user-friendly abridgment is ideal for students and general readers seeking a rapid handle on the key issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300219364
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Edition description: Abridged
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 533,650
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History and associate of the Mershon Center at The Ohio State University, and the 2012 winner of the Heineken Prize for History. He lives in Columbus, OH.

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Preface to the Abridged and Revised Edition xi

Prologue: Did Someone Say 'Climate Change'? xiii

Introduction: The Little Ice Age and the General Crisis xix

Part I The Placenta of the Crisis

1 The Little Ice Age 3

2 The General Crisis 24

3 'Hunger Is the Greatest Enemy': The Heart of the Crisis 49

4 Surviving in the Seventeenth Century 67

Part II Enduring the Crisis

5 The Great Enterprise in China, 1618-84 91

6 The 'Great Shaking': Russia and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, 1618-86 122

7 The 'Ottoman Tragedy', 1618-83 150

8 Bloodlands: Germany and its Neighbours, 1618-88 169

9 The Agony of the Iberian Peninsula, 1618-89 198

10 France in Crisis, 1618-88 227

11 The Stuart Monarchy: The Path to Civil War, 1603-42 249

12 Britain and Ireland from Civil War to Revolution, 1642-89 274

Part III Surviving the Crisis

13 The Mughals and their Neighbours 301

14 Red Flag over Italy 315

15 The Americas, Africa and Australia 331

16 Getting It Right: Early Tokugawa Japan 356

Part IV Confronting the Crisis

17 'Those Who Have No Means of Support': The Parameters of Popular Resistance 377

18 'People Who Hope Only For a Change: Aristocrats, Intellectuals, Clerics and 'Dirty People of No Name' 394

19 'People of Heterodox Beliefs … Who Will Join Up with Anyone Who Calls Them': Disseminating Revolution 411

Part V Beyond the Crisis

20 Escaping the Crisis 433

21 Warfare State or Welfare State? 448

22 The Great Divergence 473

Conclusion: The Crisis Anatomized 497

Epilogue: 'It's the Climate, Stupid' 512

Chronology 526

Acknowledgements 535

Conventions 539

Note on Sources 540

Abbreviations Used in the Bibliography and Notes 546

Notes 549

Bibliography 588

Index 622

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