Climate and History: Studies in Interdisciplinary History

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Robert I. Rotberg, Theodore K. Rabb
Princeton University Press, Jul 14, 2014 - Nature - 292 pages

The effect of climate on historical change represents an exciting frontier for reading and research. In this volume scholars contribute to an area of interdisciplinary study which has not been systematically explored by climatologists and historians working together.

Originally published in 1981.

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Robert Irwin Rotberg (born April 11, 1935) is an American who served as President emeritus of the World Peace Foundation (1993-2010). An American professor in governance and foreign affairs, he was director of the Program on Intrastate Conflict, Conflict Prevention, and Conflict Resolution at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government (1999-2010), and has served in administrative positions at Tufts University and Lafayette College. In 2003-2004, he served as a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Panel on Africa, and was a Presidential appointee to the Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2013 Rotberg became the Fulbright Research Chair in Political Development at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada. Rotberg attened Oberlin College for his undergraduate degree. He completed his graduate studies at Princeton University, and obtained his doctorate at St Antony's College, Oxford University while on a Rhodes Scholarship. He is the author of many books on US foreign policy. These include: Transformative Political Leadership: Making a Difference in the Developing World (2012); Governance and Leadership in Africa (2007); When States Fail: Causes and Consequences (2004); Truth v. Justice: The Morality of Truth Commissions (2000); and From Massacres to Genocide: The Media, Public Policy and Humanitarian Crises (1996).

Theodore J. Rabinowicz was born in Teplice-Sanov, Czechoslovakia on March 5, 1937. He received bachelor's and master's degrees at Queen's College, Oxford and a Ph.D. in European and colonial American history from Princeton University. He taught at Stanford University, Northwestern University, and Harvard University before joining the faculty at Princeton in 1967. He took emeritus status there in 2006. He was an expert in European history, who believed in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching history. In 1970, he was one of the founding editors of The Journal of Interdisciplinary History. He wrote numerous books including Enterprise and Empire: Merchant and Gentry Investment in the Expansion of England, 1575-1630; Renaissance Lives: Portraits of an Age; The Last Days of the Renaissance and the March to Modernity; The Artist and the Warrior: Military History Through the Eyes of the Masters; and Why Does Michelangelo Matter?: A Historian's Questions About the Visual Arts. He died on January 7, 2019 at the age of 81.

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