War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth CenturyBook - 2013
Revolutions, droughts, famines, invasions, wars, regicides, government collapses--the calamities of the mid-seventeenth century were unprecedented in both frequency and extent. The effects of what historians call the "General Crisis" extended from England to Japan, from the Russian Empire to sub-Saharan Africa. The Americas, too, did not escape the turbulence of the time. In this meticulously researched volume, master historian Geoffrey Parker presents the firsthand testimony of men and women who saw and suffered from the sequence of political, economic, and social crises between 1618 to the late 1680s. Parker also deploys the scientific evidence of climate change during this period. His discoveries revise entirely our understanding of the General Crisis: changes in prevailing weather patterns, especially longer winters and cooler and wetter summers, disrupted growing seasons and destroyed harvests.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2013
Description: xxix, 871 p.,  p. of plates : ill., facsims. ; 25 cm
Branch Call Number: 909.6 Par