Climate Change and the Course of Global History: A Rough Journey

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 17, 2014 - History - 631 pages
Climate Change and the Course of Global History presents the first global study by a historian to fully integrate the earth-system approach of the new climate science with the material history of humanity. Part I argues that geological, environmental, and climatic history explain the pattern and pace of biological and human evolution. Part II explores the environmental circumstances of the rise of agriculture and the state in the Early and Mid-Holocene, and presents an analysis of human health from the Paleolithic through the rise of the state. Part III introduces the problem of economic growth and examines the human condition in the Late Holocene from the Bronze Age through the Black Death. Part IV explores the move to modernity, stressing the emerging role of human economic and energy systems as earth-system agents in the Anthropocene. Supported by climatic, demographic, and economic data, this provides a pathbreaking model for historians of the environment, the world, and science.
 

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Contents

The Court Jester on the Platform of Life
25
Human Emergence
55
Agricultural Revolutions
121
The MidHolocene the Late Neolithic and the UrbanState
165
Human WellBeing from the Paleolithic to the Rise
213
Stasis and Growth in the Epoch of Agrarian Empires
261
Optimum and Crisis in Early Civilizations 3000500 BC
288
A Global Antiquity 500 BCAD 542
317
Climate Demography Economy and Polity in the Late
413
Atlantic Origins 17001870
467
1870 to 1945
500
1945 to Present
529
A Rough Journey into an Uncertain Future
559
Full Citations for Data Used
581
Index
593
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The Global Dark and Middle Ages AD 5421350
350

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John L. Brooke is Humanities Distinguished Professor of History at Ohio State University, where he also directs the Center for Historical Research. His books include Columbia Rising: Civil Life on the Upper Hudson from the Revolution to the Age of Jackson (2010), which won the Best Book Prize from the Society of the Historians of the Early American Republic; The Heart of the Commonwealth: Society and Political Culture in Worcester County Massachusetts, 1713-1861 (Cambridge, 1994), which won the Merle Curti Award for Intellectual History from the Organization of American Historians; and The Refiner's Fire: The Making of Mormon Cosmology, 1644-1844 (Cambridge, 1989), which won the Bancroft Prize for American History. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Antiquarian Society and the Harvard Charles Warren Center.

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