Geoffrey Parker’s Account Of The Little Ice Age
By Paul Homewood
I’m reading Geoffrey Parker’s excellent history of the 17thC, Global Crisis.
Parker is a renowned historian, and most of the book relates to the political and societal tumult that took place against the background of a rapidly cooling climate. His first chapter, however, lays down this climatic background and the extreme weather brought with it.
What is particularly notable is the occurrence of both extreme droughts and rainfall, something we are assured by today’s climate scientists are due to global warming.
The other lesson to learn is just how widespread geographically were the climatic effects of the Little Ice Age. Plainly the idea that this was just some sort of European weather anomaly is nonsense.
I’ll carry on with the last part of this section, which runs up to 1700 AD, as this is already quite a long read.
But, for anyone interested in history, I would thoroughly recommend this highly enjoyable read.