Global Crisis

Global Crisis : War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century

By (author) Geoffrey Parker


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Revolutions, droughts, famines, invasions, wars, regicides - the calamities of the mid-seventeenth century were not only unprecedented, they were agonisingly widespread. A global crisis extended from England to Japan, and from the Russian Empire to sub-Saharan Africa. North and South America, too, suffered turbulence. The distinguished historian Geoffrey Parker examines first-hand accounts of men and women throughout the world describing what they saw and suffered during a sequence of political, economic and social crises that stretched from 1618 to the 1680s. Parker's demonstration of the link between climate change and worldwide catastrophe 350 years ago stands as an extraordinary historical achievement.

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  • Paperback | 904 pages
  • 156 x 236 x 54mm | 1,239.98g
  • 21 Oct 2014
  • Yale University Press
  • New Haven
  • English
  • 28 col illus + 55 figs
  • 0300208634
  • 9780300208634
  • 30,181

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Author Information

The winner of the 2012 Heineken Prize for History, Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History and Associate of the Mershon Center at The Ohio State University. He lives in Columbus, OH.

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'Global Crisis is truly global, connecting the dots and making what usually appear as isolated incidents part of a universal chain reaction. Groundbreaking and thrilling.'-Judith Flanders, History Today -- Judith Flanders History Today

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