The Long Summer

The Long Summer

How Climate Changed Civilization

Book - 2004
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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.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2004.
ISBN: 9780465022816
Branch Call Number: 551.6 FAGAN B
Characteristics: xvii, 284 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.


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Jul 05, 2014

A good look at the various ice ages and warm periods that engendered mankind's development. The "long summer" refers to the unusually long warm period of the last 10,000 years.

Beware: there are 2 editions of the book at this library - the original 2004 hardcover ("25 cm"), and a harder to read 2005 paperback ("21 cm") that basically just seems to be a photographic shrinking of the first (both are 284 pages exactly).

Oct 10, 2010

We have the knowledge and the technology to be able to fit everyone in the lifeboat, without greatly inconveniencing ourselves. I'd like to know more about the approach of the Chumash people (see quote). Let's learn and work together.


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Oct 10, 2010


The violence seems to have peaked before A.D. 1150. Then it subsided dramatically. For reasons as yet only partially understood, the Chumash moved away from violence and created an entirely new society. They seem to have grown suddenly wiser - a bold statement to be sure, but it appears to be no exaggeration. Faced with escalating violence, persistent hunger, and perhaps even local population crashes, their leaders seem to have realized that they were all in the same situation, that survival depended not on competition but on enhanced interdependence. {..} When the unpredictably drought-prone world of 300 B.C. to A.D. 850 was replaced by permanent drought, all the Chumash leaders could do to adjust was collaborate closely with one another. It no longer made sense to fight over resources nobody possessed.


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