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Climate and History : Studies in Past Climates and their Impact on Man - T. M. L. Wigley

Climate and History

Studies in Past Climates and their Impact on Man

By: T. M. L. Wigley (Editor), M. J. Ingram (Editor), G. Farmer (Editor)

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Published: 16th December 1985
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This highly successful book is a collection of twenty papers, specially written by research workers in the many relevant disciplines. First published in 1985, it was the first major survey of both the methodology of climatic reconstruction and the problem of climate/history interactions, and embodies the results of fruitful co-operation between historians, archaeologists and scientists. It discusses: the climatic information obtainable from the study of chemical isotopes, glaciers, pollen remains, tree rings, archaeological materials and documentary sources; the theoretical and methodological problems involved in assessing the impact of climate and climatic change on past societies; and provides a series of case studies arguing for or against the importance of climatic factors in human affairs in specific economic, social and cultural contexts.

List of contributors
Preface
Introduction
Past climates and their impact on man: a review
Reconstruction of Past Climates
The use of stable isotope data in climate reconstruction
Glaciological evidence of Holocene climatic change
The use of pollen analysis in the reconstruction of past climates: a review
Reconstructing seasonal to century time scale variations in climate from tree-ring evidence
Archaeological evidence for climatic change during the last 5000 years
The use of documentary sources for the study of past climates
An analysis of the little Ice Age climate in Switzerland and its consequences for agricultural production
The historical climatology of Africa
Drought and floods in China, 1470-1979
Towards a Theory of Climate History Interactions
An approach to the study of the development of climate and its impact in human affairs
Short-term climactic fluctuations and their economic role
Climatic change and the agricultural frontier: a research strategy
History and climate: some economic models
Climate and popular unrest in late medieval
Climate-History Interactions: Some Case Studies
Climate, environment and history: the case of Roman North Africa
The economics of extinction in Norse Greenland
Weather and the peasantry of Upper Brittany, 1780-89
Climatic stress and Maine agriculture, 1785-1885
Droughts in India over the last 200 years, and their socio-economic impacts and remedial measures for them
The effect of climate fluctuations on human populations: two hypotheses
Author index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521312202
ISBN-10: 0521312205
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 16th December 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 15.2 x 22.9  x 3.6
Weight (kg): 0.79