Global Crisis War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century

ISBN-10: 0300153236
ISBN-13: 9780300153231
Edition: 2013
Authors: Geoffrey Parker
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List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 4/30/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 904
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 2.75" tall
Weight: 3.102
Language: English

Revolutions, droughts, famines, invasions, wars, regicides, government collapses—the calamities of the mid-seventeenth century were unprecedented in both frequency and extent. The effects of what historians call the "General Crisis" extended from England to Japan, from the Russian Empire to sub-Saharan Africa. The Americas, too, did not escape the turbulence of the time.In this meticulously researched volume, master historian Geoffrey Parker presents the firsthand testimony of men and women who saw and suffered from the sequence of political, economic, and social crises between 1618 to the late 1680s. Parker also deploys the scientific evidence of climate change during this period. His discoveries revise entirely our understanding of the General Crisis: changes in prevailing weather patterns, especially longer winters and cooler and wetter summers, disrupted growing seasons and destroyed harvests. This in turn brought hunger, malnutrition, and disease; and as material conditions worsened, wars, rebellions, and revolutions rocked the world.Parker's demonstration of the link between climate change, war, and catastrophe 350 years ago stands as an extraordinary historical achievement. And the implications of his study are equally important: are we adequately prepared—or even preparing—for the catastrophes that climate change brings?

Geoffrey Parker is the author or editor of more than twenty-five books. He is Andreas Dorpelan Professor of History at Ohio State University.

List of Illustrations
Prologue: Did Someone Say 'Climate Change'?
Introduction: The 'Little Ice Age' and the 'General Crisis'
The Placenta of the Crisis
The Little Ice Age
The 'General Crisis'
'Hunger is the greatest enemy': The Heart of the Crisis
'A third of the world has died': Surviving in the Seventeenth Century
Enduring the Crisis
The 'Great Enterprise' in China, 1618-84
'The great shaking': Russia and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, 1618-86
The 'Ottoman tragedy', 1618-83
The 'lamentations of Germany' and its Neighbours, 1618-88
The Agony of the Iberian Peninsula, 1618-89
France in Crisis, 1618-88
The Stuart Monarchy: The Path to Civil War, 1603-42
Britain and Ireland from Civil War to Revolution, 1642-89
Surviving the Crisis
The Mughals and their Neighbours
Red Flag over Italy
The 'dark continents': The Americas, Africa and Australia
Getting it Right: Early Tokugawa Japan
Confronting the Crisis
'Those who have no means of support': The Parameters of Popular Resistance
'People who hope only for a change': Aristocrats, Intellectuals, Clerics and 'dirty people of no name'
'People of heterodox beliefs … who will join up with anyone who calls them': Disseminating Revolution
Beyond the Crisis
Escaping the Crisis
From Warfare State to Welfare State
The Great Divergence
Conclusion: The Crisis Anatomized
Epilogue: 'It's the climate, stupid'
Chronology
Acknowledgements
Note on Conventions
Note on Sources and Bibliography
Abbreviations Used in the Bibliography and Notes
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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