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    DescriptionRevolutions, droughts, famines, invasions, wars, regicides, government collapses - the calamities of the mid-seventeenth century were unprecedented in both frequency and extent. The effects of what historians call the "General Crisis" extended from England to Japan, from the Russian Empire to sub-Saharan Africa. The Americas, too, did not escape the turbulence of the time. In this meticulously researched volume, master historian Geoffrey Parker presents the firsthand testimony of men and women who saw and suffered from the sequence of political, economic, and social crises between 1618 to the late 1680s. Parker also deploys the scientific evidence of climate change during this period. His discoveries revise entirely our understanding of the General Crisis: changes in prevailing weather patterns, especially longer winters and cooler and wetter summers, disrupted growing seasons and destroyed harvests. This in turn brought hunger, malnutrition, and disease; and as material conditions worsened, wars, rebellions, and revolutions rocked the world. The fatal synergy caused by the crisis killed perhaps one-third of the world's human population. Parker's demonstration of the link between climate change, war, and catastrophe 350 years ago stands as an extraordinary historical achievement. And the implications of his study are equally important: are we adequately prepared - or even preparing - for the catastrophes that climate change brings?

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    Global Crisis
    War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Geoffrey Parker
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 904
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 238 mm
    Thickness: 70 mm
    Weight: 1,380 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300153231
    ISBN 10: 0300153236

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBLH
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JD
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/17CNTY
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037040
    B&T Approval Code: A14204000, A58603600
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    BIC subject category V2: 3JD
    DC22: 909/.6, 909.6
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    BISAC V2.8: SCI092000
    DC23: 909.6
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    LC classification: D247 .P37 2013
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    Thema V1.0: NHB
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3M, 3MG
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    30 April 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History at The Ohio State University, and winner of the 2012 Heineken History Prize. Among his many books is The Grand Strategy of Philip II, published by Yale.
    Review quote
    "One of the books I found most informative and most perversely enjoyable this year is Geoffrey Parker's "Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century." It deserves, and rewards, careful reading."--Jane Smiley, "Harper's"--Jane Smiley "Harper's "