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The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History - William K. Klingaman, Nicholas P. Klingaman
The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History
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Like Winchester's Krakatoa, The Year Without Summer reveals a year of dramatic global change long forgotten by history In the tradition of Krakatoa, The World Without Us, and Guns, Germs and Steel comes a sweeping history of the year that became known as 18-hundred-and-froze-to-death. 1816 was a... show more
Like Winchester's Krakatoa, The Year Without Summer reveals a year of dramatic global change long forgotten by history In the tradition of Krakatoa, The World Without Us, and Guns, Germs and Steel comes a sweeping history of the year that became known as 18-hundred-and-froze-to-death. 1816 was a remarkable year—mostly for the fact that there was no summer. As a result of a volcanic eruption in Indonesia, weather patterns were disrupted worldwide for months, allowing for excessive rain, frost, and snowfall through much of the Northeastern U.S. and Europe in the summer of 1816.In the U.S., the extraordinary weather produced food shortages, religious revivals, and extensive migration from New England to the Midwest. In Europe, the cold and wet summer led to famine, food riots, the transformation of stable communities into wandering beggars, and one of the worst typhus epidemics in history. 1816 was the year Frankenstein was written. It was also the year Turner painted his fiery sunsets. All of these things are linked to global climate change—something we are quite aware of now, but that was utterly mysterious to people in the nineteenth century, who concocted all sorts of reasons for such an ungenial season.Making use of a wealth of source material and employing a compelling narrative approach featuring peasants and royalty, politicians, writers, and scientists, The Year Without Summer examines not only the climate change engendered by this event, but also its effects on politics, the economy, the arts, and social structures.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780312676452 (031267645X)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages no: 338
Edition language: English
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silverneurotic
silverneurotic rated it
I read mostly fiction books, with some memoirs thrown into the mix. I think that that fact is important to know from the very beginning. I do not read many non fiction books, and even fewer historical books. Because of this, I had a very difficult time getting through this book. I’d read a section o...
The Word Warehouse
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Many people have heard about the eruption of Krakatoa in 1888 but when Tambora blew its stack in 1816 it was 10 times more powerful and created a cloud of ash that circled the planet and resulted in abnormally cold conditions across the world.Mostly this book centers on the history of 1816. There’s ...
Telynor's Library, and then some
Telynor's Library, and then some rated it
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A fascinating study of the links between meteorology and volcanism. In 1815 Mt. Tambora in Indonesia exploded, sending a massive ash cloud into the stratosphere. By 1816 the cloud had reached the northern hemisphere, dropping temperatures by several degrees. For people in that year it was a time of ...
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