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Global crisis : war, climate change and catastrophe in the seventeenth century

Global crisis : war, climate change and catastrophe in the seventeenth century

Author: Geoffrey Parker
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Revolutions, droughts, famines, invasions, wars, regicides - the calamities of the mid-seventeenth century were not only unprecedented, they were agonizingly widespread. A global crisis extended from England to Japan, and from the Russian Empire to sub-Saharan Africa. North and South America, too, suffered turbulence. The distinguished historian Geoffrey Parker examines first-hand accounts of men and women  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Parker, Geoffrey, 1943-
Global crisis.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013]
(DLC) 2012039448
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Parker
ISBN: 9780300189193 0300189192 9781299284227 1299284221
OCLC Number: 837947618
Awards: Commended for PROSE (European/World History) 2013
Description: 1 online resource (xxix, 871 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Prologue : Did someone say 'climate change'? --
Introduction : The 'Little ice age' and the 'General crisis' --
pt. I: The placenta of the crisis : The little ice age ; The 'General crisis' ; 'Hunger is the greatest enemy': the heart of the crisis ; 'A third of the world has died' : surviving in the seventeenth century --
pt. II: Enduring the crisis : The 'great enterprise' in China, 1618-84 ; 'The great shaking' : Russia and the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth, 1618-86 ; The 'Ottoman tragedy', 1618-83 ; The 'lamentations of Germany' and its neighbours, 1618-88 ; The agony of the Iberian Peninsula, 1618-89 ; France in crisis, 1618-88 ; The Stuart monarchy : the path to Civil War, 1603-42 ; Britain and Ireland from Civil War to Revolution, 1642-89 --
pt. III: Surviving the crisis : The Mughals and their neighbours ; Red flag over Italy ; The 'dark continents' : the Americas, Africa and Australia ; Getting it right: Early Tokugawa Japan --
pt. IV: Confronting the crisis : 'Those who have no means of support' : the parameters of popular resistance ; 'People who hope only for a change' : aristocrats, intellectuals, clerics and 'dirty people of no name' ; 'People of heterodox beliefs ... who will join up with anyone who calls them' : disseminating revolution. --
pt. V: Beyond the crisis : Escaping the crisis ; From warfare state to welfare state ; The great divergence --
Conclusion: The crisis anatomized --
Epilogue: 'It's the climate, stupid.'
Responsibility: Geoffrey Parker.


How to account for decades of worldwide war, revolution, and human suffering in the seventeenth century? A master historian uncovers the disturbing answer.  Read more...


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