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Floods, famines, and emperors :El Niäno and the fate of civilizations

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In 1997 and early 1998, one of the most powerful El Niños ever recorded disrupted weather patterns all over the world. Europe suffered through a record freeze as the American West was hit with massive floods and snowstorms; in the western Pacific, meanwhile, some island nations literally went bone dry and had to have water flown in on transport planes.Such effects are not new: climatologists now know the El Niño and other climate anomalies have been disrupting weather patterns throughout history. But until recently, no one had asked how this new understanding of the global weather system related to archaeology and history. Droughts, floods, heat and cold put stress on cultures and force them to adapt. What determines whether they adapt successfully? How do these climate stresses affect a peoples faith in the foundations of their society and the legitimacy of their rulers? How vulnerable is our own society to climate change?In this dazzlingly original new book, archaeologist Brian Fagan shows that short-term climate shifts have been a major—and hitherto unrecognized—force in history. El Niño-driven droughts have brought on the collapse of dynasties in Egypt; El Niño monsoon failures have caused historic famines in India; and El Niño floods have destroyed whole civilizations in Peru. Other short-term climate changes may have caused the mysterious abandonment of the Anasazi dwellings in the American Southwest and the collapse of the ancient Maya empire, as well as changed the course of European history.This beautifully written, groundbreaking book opens a new door on our understanding of historical events.

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Fagan (anthropology, UC-Santa Barbara) shows that short-term climate shifts have been a major force in history. He describes how El Ni<~n>o was first identified and the progress scientists have made in defining its role in global weather, and tells how droughts and floods have affected ancient civilizations in Egypt, India, Peru, the American Southwest, Central America, and Europe. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews@booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Archaeologist Brian Fagan shows that short-term climate shifts, far have been a major—and hitherto unrecognized—force in history

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-275) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465011209
Subtitle:
El Nino And The Fate Of Civilizations
Author:
Fagan, Brian M
Author:
Fagan, Brian
Publisher:
Basic Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Meteorology
Subject:
History
Subject:
World
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Human beings
Subject:
Climatic changes
Subject:
Ocean-atmosphere interaction
Subject:
El nino current
Subject:
Human beings -- Effect of climate on -- History.
Subject:
General science
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
19990204
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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