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Tambora and the Year without a Summer - How a Volcano Plunged the World into Crisis (Hardcover) Loot Price: R523
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Tambora and the Year without a Summer - How a Volcano Plunged the World into Crisis (Hardcover): Wolfgang Behringer

Tambora and the Year without a Summer - How a Volcano Plunged the World into Crisis (Hardcover)

Wolfgang Behringer

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In 1816, the climate went berserk. The winter brought extreme cold, and torrential rains unleashed massive flooding in Asia. Western Europe and North America experienced a "year without a summer," while failed harvests in 1817 led to the "year of famine." At the time, nobody knew that all these disturbances were the result of a single event: the eruption of Mount Tambora in what is now Indonesia - the greatest volcanic eruption in recorded history. In this book, leading climate historian Wolfgang Behringer provides the first globally comprehensive account of a climate catastrophe that would cast the world into political and social crises for years to come. Concentrating on the period between 1815 and 1820, Behringer shows how this natural occurrence led to worldwide unrest. Analyzing events as diverse as the persecution of Jews in Germany and Peterloo Massacre in the United Kingdom, witch hunts in South Africa and anti-colonial uprisings in Asia, Behringer demonstrates that no region on earth was untouched by the effects of the eruption. Drawing parallels with our world today, the eruption of Mount Tambora and its aftermath becomes a case study for how societies and individuals respond to climate change, what risks emerge and how they might be overcome. This comprehensive account of the impact of one of the greatest environmental disasters in human history will be of interest to a wide readership and to anyone seeking to understand better how we might mitigate the effects of climate change.

General

Imprint: Polity Press
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: April 2019
Authors: Wolfgang Behringer
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 350
ISBN-13: 978-1-5095-2549-2
Categories: Books > Science & Mathematics > Science: general issues
Books > Earth & environment > Earth sciences
Books > Earth & environment > The environment
Books > Science & Mathematics > Science: general issues > History of science
Books > Earth & environment > Earth sciences > Structure & properties of the Earth
Books > Earth & environment > The environment > Environmental impact of natural disasters & phenomena
Books > Earth & environment > Earth sciences > Structure & properties of the Earth > Volcanology & seismology
LSN: 1-5095-2549-1
Barcode: 9781509525492

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