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Author Brown, Neville.

Title History and climate change : a eurocentric perspective / Neville Brown
Published London ; New York : Routledge, 2001


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Description 391 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Series Routledge studies in physical geography and environment ; 3
Routledge studies in physical geography and environment ; 3
Contents Pt. 1. The conceptual background -- 1. A confluence of disciplines -- 2. Climate dynamics -- Pt. 2. Late Antiquity to Renaissance foreglow, AD 211 to 1350 -- 3. Empires and barbarians -- 4. Antiquity melds -- 5. Northerly engagement -- 6. Towards the optimum -- 7. The Near East in crisis -- 8. How savage a culmination? -- 9. Through the optimum -- Pt. 3. Une longue duree -- 10. Water, warmth and emergent Europe -- 11. Pointers to a future -- App. A. Assessing past climates -- App. B. An outline chronology, 211-1350
Summary "History and Climate Change is an overview of the links between climate and man's advance from early to modern times. It draws upon demographic, economic, urban, religious and military perspectives. It is a synthesis of the many historical and scientific theories which have arisen regarding man's progress through the ages." "Central to the book is the question of whether climate variation is a fundamental trigger mechanism from which other historical sequences develop, or one amongst a number of other factors, decisive only when a regime/society is poised for change. Evidence for irreversible climate change is either partial or lacking entirely, but it is clear that climatic variation has regularly played a part in historical development. Particular attention is here paid to Europe since AD 211."
"Does climate change exacerbate famine and epidemics? Did climate fluctuation play a part in pivotal historical events such as the mass exodus of the Hsiung-nu from China, the pressure of the Huns on the Romans and the genesis of the Crusades. Did the bitter Finnish winter of 1939-40 ensure the ultimate defeat of Hitler? These events and many others are discussed throughout in the author's distinctive style, with maps and photographs to illustrate the examples given."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Climatic changes -- Europe -- History.
Human geography -- Europe.
Human beings -- Effect of climate on -- Europe -- History.
Human beings -- Effect of climate on -- Europe.
Climatic changes -- Social aspects -- Europe.
Europe -- Civilization.
Europe -- Civilization -- History.
LC no. 2001019473
ISBN 0415019591