The Little Ice Age

The Little Ice Age

How Climate Made History, 1300-1850

Book - 2002
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The Little Ice Age tells the story of the turbulent, unpredictable, and often very cold years of modern European history, how this altered climate affected historical events, and what it means for today's global warming. Building on research that has only recently confirmed that the world endured a 500-year cold snap, renowned archaeologist Brian Fagan shows how the increasing cold influenced familiar events from Norse exploration to the settlement of North America to the Industrial Revolution. This is a fascinating book for anyone interested in history, climate, and how they interact.
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, 2002, ©2000
Edition: First paperback edition
ISBN: 9780465022724
0465022723
Branch Call Number: 551.694 Fa
Description: xxi, 246 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm

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markallenlearson
Feb 07, 2018

Good description of how Iceland came to be settled, and how Greenland was settled and abandoned. One problem with the book though is that the author refers to the growing of corn in Europe numerous times in the book in pre Columbus years which then brings to mind “how many other error of facts are there?” Despite this, if you have someone who is constantly complaining about the state of the world today, or their own condition, have them read this book, no matter how bad they have it, even if diagnosed with cancer or AIDS, they don’t have it as bad as the typical person back then who had a life expectancy of 24 years according to the author or is this another error of fact? Well it sort of is. Many women died in childbirth, many babies didn’t survive. If you could avoid these two, and the Black Plague or numerous other diseases, being burned as a witch, killed in one of the many wars, … you could live to the ripe age we do today. If I was short on time I'd read about the settling and abandoning of Greenland and just skim the rest.

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walkermom
Aug 17, 2012

An excellent book - really ties together climate and sociology. Why people moved to certain places, why certain crops were grown, and how some of these choices led to disaster when the climate changed again.
Hopefully we can learn some lessons here and plan for future climate change.

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Iowakid
May 09, 2012

This book was fascinating, in that it showed how people lived during the Middle Ages through Elizabethan times and pre-industrial Europe, struggling in the horrendous conditions of famine, plague, and oscillating weather patterns of freezing cold and terrible rains.

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