The Long Summer by Brian Fagan
How Climate Changed Civilization

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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.
 

About Brian Fagan

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Brian M. Fagan, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is a leading authority on world prehistory. His many books include Floods, Famines, and Emperors.
 
Published December 24, 2003 by Basic Books. 304 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Thus, one of the world's first civilisations was wiped out, almost instantly, by climatic change, a story that has considerable implications today, as Fagan makes clear in this haunting chronicle of our planet's intransigent elements and their impact on our frail species.

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