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Climate and History

Selected Books

Burroughs, William James
Climate Change in Prehistory: the End of the Reign of Chaos
QC981.8.C5 B864 2005
Fagan, Brian M.
Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Niņo and the Fate of Civilizations
GC296.8.E4 F34 1999x
The first major trade book on El Nino is not a mere summary of current knowledge but a work at the cutting edge of archaeology. It integrates climate science, archaeology, history & superb writing in a compelling new view of how climate affects the course of history.
Fagan, Brian
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History 1300-1850
QC989.A1 F34 2000
The Little Ice Age tells the story of the 500 year cold snap in early modern European history from 1300 to 1850 and how this altered climate affected historical events.
Fagan, Brian
The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization (2004)
Fagan (Professor of Anthropology, emeritus, U. of California, Santa Barbara) is a prolific writer of prehistory and history. In this volume, he untangles the intricate relationship of climate and human society and shows how the entire history of civilization has been largely a process of responding to climate stresses.
Keys, David
Catastrophe: an Investigation into the Origins of the Modern World (2000)
In A.D. 535, a strange, dusky haze robbed much of the earth of normal sunlight resulting in crop failure in Asia and the Middle East and radically altered global weather patterns. Bubonic plague, flood and drought brought ancient cultures to the brink of collapse and a new world began to emerge. Archaeological journalist David Keys dramatically reconstructs the global chain of revolutions that began in the catastrophe of A.D. 535, then offers a definitive explanation of how and why this cataclysm occurred on that momentous day centuries ago.
Linden, Eugene
The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations
QC981.8.C5 L567 2006
Environmental journalist Linden reveals a recurring pattern in which civilizations become prosperous and complacent during good weather, only to collapse when climate changes--either through its direct effects, such as floods or drought, or indirect consequences, such as disease, blight, and civil disorder.
Macdougall, J. D.
Frozen Earth: the once and future story of ice ages
"Earth-sciences professor Macdougall presents the scientific history behind ice ages, emphasizing the roles of four great scientists in the field: Louis Agassiz, James Croll, Milutin Milankovitch, and Harlan Bretz." -- Booklist
Ryan, William B. F. and Walter Pitman
Noah's Flood: the New Scientific Discoveries about the Event that Changed History (1998)
The authors, two geophysicists, explore the recent discovery that, 7,600 years ago, a rising Mediterranean Sea burst through the narrow Bosporus valley, poured into an existing freshwater lake which became the Black Sea, and inundated existing farms and cities within a matter of days.

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