The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization

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Basic Books, 2004 - Science - 284 pages
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For more than a century we've known that much of human evolution occurred in an Ice Age. Starting about 15,000 years ago, temperatures began to rise, the glaciers receded, and sea levels rose. The rise of human civilization and all of recorded history occurred in this warm period, known as the Holocene.Until very recently we had no detailed record of climate changes during the Holocene. Now we do. In this engrossing and captivating look at the human effects of climate variability, Brian Fagan shows how climate functioned as what the historian Paul Kennedy described as one of the "deeper transformations" of history--a more important historical factor than we understand.

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Review: The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization

User Review  - Linda Gould - Goodreads

Enjoyed it very much. The book does not claim definitive answers (unlike the title) but a really interesting way to go back through history which I know (at least somewhat), tying it to what was happening with the climate at each time. Amazing how that can be reconstructed. Read full review

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User Review  - Linnaea - Goodreads

I really enjoyed the book, the narration is easy to follow, even when the reading is difficult - I have no climate study background so the heavy science of weather was hard for me to follow. The history of this book is harder to follow because it deals more with pre-history up to the Romans. Read full review

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Brian Fagan is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he has written many internationally acclaimed popular books about archaeology, including The Little Ice Age, Floods, Famines, and Emperors, and The Long Summer. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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