Cultural History of Climate

ISBN-10: 0745645291

ISBN-13: 9780745645292

Edition: 2010

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Everyone talks about the weather. We are no exception: there are currently more predictions than usual about what it will look like in the future. But what do we know about climate variations 500 years ago, or 5000 years ago? How can we know anything at all about the history of weather? What impact have climate changes had on human prosperity and the spirit of invention?Wolfgang Behringer introduces us to the latest historical research on the development of the earth's climate; he shows what may today be considered secure knowledge, which changes have taken place in the past, and how they hindered or promoted the advance of Homo sapiens. The book first offers some elements of scientific orientation, then examines in greater detail the connection between the climate and cultural development since the middle ages. Behringer's exciting study graphically portrays the difficulties that our ancestors had to face and the solutions they came up with, and also discusses sometimes balmier periods such as the age of the Hohenstaufen dynasty. It will give us new heart to think of climate change as the number one challenge for our generation and to develop more positive approaches to the issue.
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 11/13/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034

Preface
List of Figures
Introduction
What Do We Know about the Climate?
Sources of Climate History
Causes of Climate Change
The Palaeoclimate since the Formation of the Planet
Global Warming: The Holocene
Children of the Ice Age
Global Warming and Civilization
From Roman Optimum to Medieval Warm Period
Global Cooling: The Little Ice Age
The Concept of the Little Ice Age
The Changing Environment
Dance of Death
Winter Blues
Cultural Consequences of the Little Ice Age
The Wrathful God
Sin Economics as the Motor of Change
The Cool Sun of Reason
Global Warming: The Modern Warm Period
Apparent Uncoupling from the Forces of Nature
The Discovery of Global Warming
Reactions to Climate Change
Epilogue: Sins against the Environment and Greenhouse Climate
Notes
Further Reading
Index
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