Ben onlangs begonnen aan Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century van Geoffrey Parker. Heb het idee dat de boel nog wat op gang moet komen, maar tot nu toe al zeer interessant.
[..] changes in prevailing weather patterns, especially longer winters and cooler and wetter summers, disrupted growing seasons and destroyed harvests. This in turn brought hunger, malnutrition, and disease; and as material conditions worsened, wars, rebellions, and revolutions rocked the world. The fatal synergy caused by the crisis killed perhaps one-third of the world’s human population. Parker’s demonstration of the link between climate change, war, and catastrophe 350 years ago stands as an extraordinary historical achievement. And the implications of his study are equally important: are we adequately prepared – or even preparing – for the catastrophes that climate change brings?