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  • How Climate Made History 1300-1850
  • By: Brian Fagan
  • Narrated by: Michael Langan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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By: Brian Fagan
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Summary

The Little Ice Age tells the story of the turbulent, unpredictable, and often very cold years of modern European history, how climate altered historical events, and what they mean in the context of today’s global warming.

Only in the last decade have climatologists developed an accurate picture of yearly climate conditions in historical times. This development confirmed a long-standing suspicion: that the world endured a 500-year cold snap, a little ice age, that lasted roughly from AD 1300 until 1850.

With its basis in cutting-edge science, The Little Ice Age offers a new perspective on familiar events. Renowned archaeologist Brian Fagan shows how the increasing cold affected Norse exploration; how changing sea temperatures caused English and Basque fishermen to follow vast shoals of cod all the way to the New World; how a generations-long subsistence crisis in France contributed to social disintegration and ultimately revolution; and how English efforts to improve farm productivity in the face of a deteriorating climate helped pave the way for the Industrial Revolution and hence for global warming. 

This is a fascinating, original book for anyone interested in history, climate, or the new subject of how they interact.

©2020 Brian Fagan (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Gerald Albertson
  • 30-12-22

Perfect audio experience!

I loved the choice of Michael Langan as narrator. His steady voice was a perfect compliment to the content. (Insert Applause Here) Climate change is a politically and emotionally charged subject, but Brian Fagan presented the subject fairly and factually with many interesting examples that are little heard among the shrill biases of the masses. Do yourself a favor….put everything in your life aside and listen to this book. Enjoy!!!

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  • lucastoli
  • 14-07-22

Good but…

Author changes subjects frequently, sometimes in thy same paragraph. That would be easier to follow in print version but more difficult with audio