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Nature's Mutiny: How the Little Ice Age Transformed the West and Shaped the Present

Nature's Mutiny: How the Little Ice Age Transformed the West and Shaped the Present (Paperback)

By Blom, Philipp

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'Europe where the sun dares scarce appear For freezing meteors and congealed cold.' - Christopher Marlowe In this innovative and compelling work of environmental history, Philipp Blom chronicles the great climate crisis of the 1600s, a crisis that would transform the entire socia...l and political fabric of Europe. While hints of a crisis appeared as early as the 1570s, by the end of the sixteenth century the temperature plummeted so drastically that Mediterranean harbours were covered with ice, birds literally dropped out of the sky, and `frost fairs' were erected on a frozen Thames - with kiosks, taverns, and even brothels that become a semi-permanent part of the city. Recounting the deep legacy and sweeping consequences of this `Little Ice Age', acclaimed historian Philipp Blom reveals how the European landscape had ineradicably changed by the mid-seventeenth century. While apocalyptic weather patterns destroyed entire harvests and incited mass migrations, Blom brilliantly shows how they also gave rise to the growth of European cities, the appearance of early capitalism, and the vigorous stirrings of the Enlightenment. A sweeping examination of how a society responds to profound and unexpected change, Nature's Mutiny will transform the way we think about climate change in the twenty-first century and beyond.
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ISBN 9781509890439
Released NZ 28 Jan 2020
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781509890439
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Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Released 28 Jan 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Blom, Philipp
Category World History: C 1500 To C 1750
European History
Historical Geography
The Environment
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 197mm
Spine: 24mm
Dewey Code 940.25
Weight 252g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Climatic changes - History - 17th century - Europe, Climatic changes - Social aspects - History - 17th century - Europe, Europe - History - 17th century
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade