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Nature's Mutiny

How the Little Ice Age of the Long Seventeenth Century Transformed the West and Shaped the Present...

Philipp Blom

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Liveright Publishing Corporation
26 February 2019
History; European history; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900; Historical geography; Global warming
Although hints of a crisis appeared as early as the 1570s, the temperature by the end of the sixteenth century plummeted so drastically that Mediterranean harbors 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 far-ranging consequences of this Little Ice Age, acclaimed historian Philipp Blom reveals how the European landscape had suddenly, but ineradicably, changed by the mid-seventeenth century. While apocalyptic weather patterns destroyed entire harvests and incited mass migrations, they gave rise to the growth of European cities, the emergence of early capitalism, and the vigorous stirrings of the Enlightenment. A timely 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.
By:   Philipp Blom
Imprint:   Liveright Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   586g
ISBN:   9781631494048
ISBN 10:   163149404X
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   26 February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

The author of Fracture: Life and Culture in the West and The Vertigo Years, Philipp Blom was born in Hamburg in 1970. After studying in Vienna and Oxford, he worked in publishing as a journalist and translator in London and Paris. He lives in Vienna.

Reviews for Nature's Mutiny: How the Little Ice Age of the Long Seventeenth Century Transformed the West and Shaped the Present

Drawing on rich sources, including diaries, letters, account ledgers, paintings, and religious sermons as well as data gleaned by climate historians and scientists, journalist and translator Blom creates a vivid picture of the European landscape during the Little Ice Age and of social, political, and cultural changes that may have been accelerated by climate change.... An absorbing and revealing portrait of profound natural disaster. -- Kirkus Reviews


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