The Little Ice Age

The Little Ice Age How Climate Made History 1300-1850

Revised edition

Paperback (12 Dec 2019) | English

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The Little Ice Age tells the fascinating story of the turbulent, unpredictable, and often very cold years of modern European history. Using sources ranging from the dates of long-ago wine harvests and the business records of medieval monasteries to modern chemical analysis of ice cores, renowned archaeologist Brian Fagan reveals how a 500-year cold snap began in the fourteenth century. As Fagan shows, the increasingly cold and stormy weather dramatically altered fishing and farming practices, and it shaped familiar events, from Norse exploration to the settlement of North America, from the French Revolution to the Irish potato famine to the Industrial Revolution.

Now updated with a new preface discussing the latest historical climate research, The Little Ice Age offers deeply important context for understanding today's age of global warming. As the Little Ice Age shows, climate change does not come in gentle, easy stages, and its influence on human life is profound.

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Book information

ISBN: 9781541618596
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Basic Books
Pub date:
Edition: Revised edition
DEWEY: 551.694
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 27115
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 248g
Height: 210mm
Width: 139mm
Spine width: 17mm