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Author Blom, Philipp, 1970- author, translator.

Title Nature's mutiny : how the little Ice Age of the long seventeenth century transformed the West and shaped the present / Philipp Blom ; translated from the German by the author.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 East Moline PL Adult Non-Fiction - EMPG-6  304.2509 BLO    AVAILABLE
 Moline PL Adult Non-Fiction - MPLG-6  304.25094 BLO    AVAILABLE
 Peru PL Adult Non Fiction - PUGG-8  304.2509 BLO    AVAILABLE
 Rock Island Main Lib Adult Non-Fiction - RIPG-6  304.2509 BLO    AVAILABLE
 Seneca PL Adult Non-Fiction NEW - SEBB-3  304.2509 BLOM    AVAILABLE
Description xi, 332 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Note Originally published in German: Die Welt aus den Angeln (München : Carl Hanser Verlag, 2017).
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-314) and index.
Contents Prologue : Winter Landscape. Life without money ; The great experiment -- "God has abandoned us" : Europe, 1570-1600. A monk on the run ; God's wind and waves ; Harsh frosts and burning sun ; A time of confusion and a fiery mountain ; Pilgrims and their hunger ; Truth and wine ; Wine in Vienna ; The lights go out ; Witches and spoiled harvests ; The truth in the stars ; Doctor Faustus ; Infinite worlds ; The tower of books -- The age of iron. Hortus Botanicus ; Revolutionary places ; The city devours its children ; The magic of green cheese ; The great transformation ; A picture of the world ; Idle talk and fabrications ; A warning and a call to repent ; Tears too plentiful to count ; The revolution of the barrel of a musket ; Sell more to strangers ; The state as machine ; A profitable trade ; The curse of silver ; Officer, retired ; The subversive republic of letters ; Germanus incredibilis ; Virtue in the drowning cell ; Leviathan ; An inventory of morality -- On comets and other celestial lights. The madness of crowds ; The Antichrist ; The Messiah and the whore ; The fair on the ice ; The face of change ; The price of change ; Tapissier du roi ; The public sphere and the vices of bees ; The floating reverend -- Epilogue : Supplement to The fable of the bees. Songbirds, wood lice, and corals ; Freedom and luxury ; Inherited compromises ; New metaphors ; The theology of the market ; The market and the fortress.
Summary "The hints of an impending environmental crisis appeared as early as the 1570s, as winters grew colder and crops diminished. By the turn of the seventeenth century, the temperature had plummeted so drastically that Mediterranean harbors were covered with ice, birds were dropping frozen out of the sky, and enterprising Londoners erected semipermanent frost fairs on a frozen Thames--with bustling kiosks, taverns, and even brothels. Chronicling the dramatic turmoil and the long-lasting consequences of this "Little Ice Age," best-selling historian Philipp Blom reveals how a new, radically altered Europe emerged out of environmental cataclysm. Showing how the drastic weather patterns decimated entire harvests across the European continent, [this book] describes how populations fled the starvation and civil unrest in the countryside to bourgeoning urban centers, where the emergence of early capitalistic markets sparked the transformation of European cities. The political and cultural ramifications were no less drastic. Moving from political to intellectual events and to the arts, Blom evokes the era's most exquisite paintings, like Hendrick Avercamp's surreal depiction of an idyllic community on the ice in Winter Landscape, as well as the revolutionary ideas of Enlightenment figures, who, like Montaigne in his Essais, imagined novel worldviews to cope with what seemed like nature's vicious scourge against humankind. Now, as we face a climate crisis of our own, Blom offers exigent ways of understanding this history of the "Little Ice Age" in light of our own society's fraught relationship with the environment. "There must be hope," Blom concludes, but only if we are willing to learn from the past. Ultimately, [this book] offers an essential parable of how societies struggle to survive when violent environmental changes threaten the very fabric of their civilization."--Jacket.
Language Text in English.
Subject Climatic changes -- Europe -- History -- 17th century.
Climatic changes -- Social aspects -- Europe.
Climatic changes -- Economic aspects -- Europe.
Glacial climates.
SCIENCE -- Physics.
Civilization. (OCoLC)fst00862898
Climatic changes. (OCoLC)fst00864229
Climatic changes -- Economic aspects. (OCoLC)fst00864236
Climatic changes -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00864268
Glacial climates. (OCoLC)fst00942960
Intellectual life. (OCoLC)fst00975769
Europe -- Civilization -- 17th century.
Europe -- Intellectual life -- 17th century.
Europe. (OCoLC)fst01245064
Genre/Form History.
Added Title Welt aus den Angeln. English
How the little Ice Age of the long seventeenth century transformed the West and shaped the present
ISBN 9781631494048 (hardcover)
163149404X (hardcover)

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