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Climate, History and the Modern World


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Introduction: the climate problem. Part 1 The development of climate: how climate works; how climate comes to fluctuate and change; how we can reconstruct the past record of climate. Part 2 Climate and history: climate at the dawn of history; in the times of early civilizations; times of disturbance and decline in the ancient world; Roman times and after; through Viking times to the high Middle Ages; decline again in the late Middle Ages; the little Ice Age - background to the history of the 16th and 17th centuries; the recovery - 1700 to c.1950. Part 3 Climate in the modern world and questions over the future; climate since 1950; the impact of climatic developments on human affairs and human history; the causes of climate's fluctuations and changes; forecasting; developments over recent decades.


"From reviews of the first edition:
. . . written in a popular style that allows the book to be effectively used by readers not formally trained in the atmospheric sciences. Geographers across the discipline will be comfortable with the technical level used throughout the book."
-"Economic Geography
"From reviews of the first edition:
uL This fascinating book builds upon a lifetime of study of past climates. . . . The book is strongly recommended to all who need to assess the significance of climatic change."
-"Australian Meteorological Magazine
"From reviews of the first edition:
Any book from the prolific pen of Professor Hubert Lamb is always welcome, as one knows that it will be entertaining, wide-ranging and full of good sense. The present work is no exception."
-"International Journal of Environmental Studies
"From reviews of the first edition:
"Climate, History and the Modern World will join that list of very important books which achieve a wide readership, perhaps fuel a next stage of thinking about the subject . . .."
-"Progress in Human Geography

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