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With global warming constantly in the media the science of climate change has never been more relevant. But what are the facts behind the headlines? Major changes in climate have occurred throughout the ages, but how did different civilisations handle their effects? This fully illustrated course uses the latest results from archaeology and climate science to show how some societies were able to adapt while others crumbled in the face of climate change. The lessons for 21st-century civilisation will be discussed.
No prior knowledge required.
The course will be delivered through illustrated presentations combined with discussions. Students are encouraged to be actively involved through group discussion exercises etc., and a few optional tutorial questions give students an opportunity to reflect on the issue at home.
Related topics often appear in the media (e.g. news items, TV documentaries) and current news items will be discussed. Students are also encouraged to bring own material or suggest topics.
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
Fagan, B., 2004. The long summer. How climate changed civilisation. London: Granta Books.
Brown, N., 2001. History and Climate Change: A Eurocentric Perspective. London: Routledge.
Fagan, B., 2000. Floods, Famines and Emperors. El Niño and the fate of civilisations. London: Pimlico.
Fagan, B., 2000. The Little Ice Age. How Climate made history 1300-1850. NY:Basci Books.
http://eseh.org/: European Society for Environmental History
http://www.eh-resources.org/: "Environmental history resources" by Jan Oosthoek, School of Historical Studies, Uni Newcastle.
Handouts will be provided.
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