Great Warming Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

ISBN-10: 159691601X
ISBN-13: 9781596916012
Edition: 2009
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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 3/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

A breakout bestseller on how the earth's previous global warming phase reshaped human societies from the Arctic to the Saharaa wide-ranging history with sobering lessons for our own time. From the tenth to the fifteenth century the earth experienced a rise in surface temperature that changed climate worldwidea preview of today's global warming. In some areas, including western Europe, longer summers brought bountiful harvests and population growth that led to cultural flowering. In the Arctic, Inuit and Norse sailors made cultural connections across thousands of miles as they traded precious iron goods. Polynesian sailors, riding new wind patterns, were able to settle the remotest islands on earth. But in many parts of the world, the warm centuries brought drought and famine. Elaborate societies in western and central America collapsed, and the vast building complexes of Chaco Canyon and the Mayan Yucatan were left empty. The history of the Great Warming of a half millennium ago suggests that we may yet be underestimating the power of climate change to disrupt our lives todayand our vulnerability to drought, writes Fagan, is the "silent elephant in the room."

Preface
Author's Note
A Time of Warming
"The Mantle of the Poor"
The Fail of God
The Golden Trade of the Moors
Inuit and Qadlunaat
The Megadrought Epoch
Acorns and Pueblos
Lords of the Water Mountains
The Lords of Chimor
Bucking the Trades
The Flying Fish Ocean
China's Sorrow
The Silent Elephant
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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