Cultural History of Climate
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Description: 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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 11/13/2009
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
|List of Figures|
|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|
|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|