Great warming : climate change and the rise and fall of civilizations / Brian Fagan.
By: Fagan, Brian.Material type: BookPublisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2009, c2008Edition: Pbk. edition.Description: xvii, 282 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781596916012; 159691601X.Subject(s): Global warming -- History -- To 1500 | Human beings -- Effect of climate on | Climatic changes -- Social aspects
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From the 10th to 15th centuries the earth experienced a rise in surface temperature that changed climate worldwide-a preview of today's global warming. In some areas, including much of Western Europe, longer summers brought bountiful crops and population growth that led to cultural flowering. In others, drought shook long-established societies, such as the Maya and the Indians of the American Southwest, whose monumental buildings were left deserted as elaborate social structures collapsed. Brian Fagan examines how subtle changes in the environment had far-reaching effects on human life, in a narrative that sweeps from the Arctic ice cap to the Sahara to the Indian Ocean. The lessons of history suggest we may be yet be underestimating the power of climate change to disrupt our lives today.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -262) and index.
A time of warming -- "The mantle of the poor" -- The flail 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.
From the 10th to the 15th centuries, the earth experienced a rise in surface temperature that changed climate worldwide--a 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. Anthropologist and historian Brian Fagan reveals how subtle changes in the environment had far-reaching effects on human life, in a narrative that sweeps from the Arctic ice cap to the Sahara to the Indian Ocean.--From publisher description.
Table of contents provided by Syndetics
- Preface (p. ix)
- Author's Note (p. xix)
- 1 A Time of Warming (p. 1)
- 2 "The Mantle of the Poor" (p. 22)
- 3 The Fail of God (p. 46)
- 4 The Golden Trade of the Moors (p. 66)
- 5 Inuit and Qadlunaat (p. 87)
- 6 The Megadrought Epoch (p. 106)
- 7 Acorns and Pueblos (p. 120)
- 8 Lords of the Water Mountains (p. 138)
- 9 The Lords of Chimor (p. 155)
- 10 Bucking the Trades (p. 173)
- 11 The Flying Fish Ocean (p. 194)
- 12 China's Sorrow (p. 213)
- 13 The Silent Elephant (p. 228)
- Acknowledgments (p. 243)
- Notes (p. 245)
- Index (p. 263)