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    DescriptionA breakout bestseller on how the earth's previous global warming phase reshaped human societies from the Arctic to the Sahara--a wide-ranging history with sobering lessons for our own time. From the tenth to the fifteenth century 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. The history of the Great Warming of a half millennium ago suggests that we may yet be underestimating the power of climate change to disrupt our lives today--and our vulnerability to drought, writes Fagan, is the "silent elephant in the room."


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    Title
    The Great Warming
    Subtitle
    Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Professor of Anthropology Brian M Fagan
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 282
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781596916012
    ISBN 10: 159691601X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25520
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    BIC subject category V2: TQ
    Libri: I-HP
    BIC subject category V2: RBP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI026000
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    Abridged Dewey: 577
    LC classification: GE
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/15CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: SCI042000
    DC21: 904.5
    DC22: 904.5
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: NAT000000, HIS039000
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: TQ, NHB, NHTB, RBP
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    01 August 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Brian Fagan is an emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Born in England, he did fieldwork in Africa and has written about early man, forensic archaeology, and many other topics. His books on the interaction of climate and human society have established him as a leading authority on the subject; he lectures frequently around the world. He is the editor of "The Oxford Companion to Archaeology "and the author of "Fish on Friday: Feasting, Fasting, and the Discovery of the New World"; "The Little Ice Age"; and "The Long Summer," among many other titles.
    Review quote
    "Fagan is a great guide. His canvas may be smaller than Jared Diamond's Collapse, but Fagan's eye for detail and narrative skills are better." "--New Scientist""[A] fascinating account of shifting climatic conditions and their consequences." "--New York Times""The Great Warming is a thought-provoking read, which marshals a remarkable range of learning." "--Financial Times""'The Great Warming' is a riveting work that will take your breath away and leave you scrambling for a cool drink of water. The latter is a luxury to enjoy in the present, Fagan notes, because it may be in very short supply in the future."" --Christian Science Monitor""Brian Fagan offers a unique contribution to this discussion [of climate change]...Readers should not underestimate this book, writing it off as another addition to a burgeoning genre: the travel guide to a torrid world. Fagan's project is much bigger. He re-creates past societies in a lively and engaging manner, aided by his expert synthesis of obscure climatological data...In his ability to bring nature into our global, historical narratives, Fagan rivals Alfred Crosby, William H. McNeill, and Jared Diamond, scholars who revealed to large audiences the explanatory power of microscopic biota or gross geography. Fagan promises to do the same for longterm climate dynamics...We would be fools to ignore his warnings." "--American Scholar""This is not only World History at its best, sweeping across all of humankind with a coherent vision, but also a feat of imagination and massive research. If Fagan has given the medieval period throughout the globe a new dimension, he has at the same time issued an irrefutable warning about climate change that is deeply troubling." "--"Theodore Rabb, author of "The Last Days of the Renaissance""Climate has been making history for a very long time, though historians have rarely paid much attention to it. But as it turns out, a few less inches of rain, a change in temperature of just a degree or two can make all the difference in how human events unfold. "The Great Warming" demonstrates that although human beings make history, they very definitely do not make it under circumstances of their own choosing.""--"Ted Steinberg, author of "Down to Earth: Nature's Role in American History "and" American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn" "Anthropology and archaeology have demonstrated that human responses to changes in climate, no matter how severe, are always conditioned by culture and mediated by a society's institutions and technologies. Anthropologists and archaeologists are fortunate to have in Brian Fagan a gifted and committed intellectual ambassador who can convincingly articulate this critical point to a broader audience."--"Environment and Society " "In his ability to bring nature into our global, historical narratives, Fagan rivals Alfred Crosby, William H. McNeill, and Jared Diamond, scholars who revealed to large audiences the explanatory power of microscopic biota or gross geography. Fagan promises to do the same for long-term climate dynamics. He proves that the regional volatility associated with climate change ... shaped societies."--"The American Scholar "