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A Companion to Mediterranean History (Wiley Blackwell

A better half to Mediterranean historical past offers a wide-ranging evaluate of this bright box of historic learn, drawing jointly students from a number of disciplines to debate the improvement of the zone from Neolithic occasions to the present.
Provides a worthwhile creation to present debates on Mediterranean heritage and is helping outline the sphere for a brand new generation.
Covers advancements within the Mediterranean global from Neolithic occasions to the trendy era.
Enables fruitful discussion between quite a lot of disciplines, together with background, archaeology, paintings, literature, and anthropology.

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Et al. (2013) Environmental roots of the late Bronze Age crisis. PLOS ONE 8 (8): e71004. 0071004 (last accessed September 28, 2013). M. et al. (2007) Precise timing and characterization of abrupt climate change 8200 years ago from air trapped in Polar ice. Quaternary Science Reviews, 26 (9–10): 1212–1220. Le Roy Ladurie, E. (1971) Times of Feast, Times of Famine, New York: Doubleday. , Rousseau, D. and Vasak, A. (2011) Les fluctuations du climat, de l’an mil à nos jours, Paris, Fayard. H. (1959) Our changing climate, past and present.

How did the commonly available technologies manage variations in water supply, heat, and fertility? For different crops as for different societies there will be different answers. Too much or too little water when seed is germinating may be more critical than temperatures, while at ripening time, temperature may be determinant. Thus much may depend on water management, which in turn may depend on labor availability and thus on factors other than climate. Through ­erosion, flooding, or aeolian drift, once fertile soils may become marginal.

2 Chronicle mentions of unusual or extreme weather events start to become voluminous in the fourteenth century (Alexandre, 1987). Records of the date of grape ­harvests (reflecting summer temperatures) have been reconstructed with increasing density from the fifteenth century on, and comparisons of variations in these dates with instrumental data from the eighteenth and nineteenth century show a strong correlation (Le Roy Ladurie, 1971 and 2011). By the eighteenth century, the indirect consequences of weather variation is increasingly reflected in records of local food supplies found, for example, in parish tithe records and the registers of towns and ­cities concerned with feeding their populations.

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