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Climate Change and Ancient Societies in Europe and the Near East

Diversity in Collapse and Resilience

  • Paul Erdkamp
  • Joseph G. Manning
  • Koenraad Verboven
  • Explores the link between climate and society in ancient worlds

  • Contributes to the multi-disciplinary debate between scholars working on climate and society

  • Highlights the role of human agency and the complex interactions of the natural environment

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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Ancient Economies book series (PASTAE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lvi
  2. Frits Heinrich, Annette M. Hansen
    Pages 25-80
  3. Paul V. Kelly
    Pages 485-503
  4. E. Xoplaki, J. Luterbacher, N. Luther, L. Behr, S. Wagner, J. Jungclaus et al.
    Pages 533-560

About this book

Introduction

Climate change over the past thousands of years is undeniable, but debate has arisen about its impact on past human societies.  This book explores the link between climate and society in ancient worlds, focusing on the ancient economies of western Eurasia and northern Africa from the fourth millennium BCE up to the end of the first millennium CE.

This book contributes to the multi-disciplinary debate between scholars working on climate and society from various backgrounds. The chronological boundaries of the book are set by the emergence of complex societies in the Neolithic on the one end and the rise of early-modern states in global political and economic exchange on the other. In order to stimulate comparison across the boundaries of modern periodization, this book ends with demography and climate change in early-modern and modern Italy, a society whose empirical data allows the kind of statistical analysis that is impossible for ancient societies.  

The book highlights the role of human agency, and the complex interactions between the natural environment and the socio-cultural, political, demographic, and economic infrastructure of any given society.  It is intended for a wide audience of scholars and students in ancient economic history, specifically Rome and Late Antiquity.

Paul Erdkamp is Professor in Ancient History at Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium.  He teaches Ancient History, specializing in the Roman World, with a particular interest in economy, food supply, historiography, and environmental and social aspects of army and war.

Joseph G. Manning is Professor of Classics and Professor of History and Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale University, New Haven, USA.  He specializes in Hellenistic history with particular focus on the legal and economic history of Ptolemaic Egypt.

Koenraad Verboven is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Ghent, Belgium. He specializes in ancient social and economic history, particularly of the Roman world, and has a special interest in monetary history and numismatics, friendship and patronage based networks, guilds (collegia), (neo-)institutional analysis and complexity economics.

Keywords

Ancient Economies Climate change and human history Climate-induced societal transformations Roman responses to climate Roman Empire Collapse of past societies

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Erdkamp
    • 1
  • Joseph G. Manning
    • 2
  • Koenraad Verboven
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of History, Faculty of Languages and the HumanitiesVrije Universiteit BrusselElseneBelgium
  2. 2.Department of HistoryYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Department of HistoryGhent UniversityGentBelgium

About the editors

Paul Erdkamp is Professor in Ancient History at Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium.  He teaches Ancient History, specializing in the Roman World, with a particular interest in economy, food supply, historiography, and environmental and social aspects of army and war.

Joseph G. Manning is Professor of Classics and Professor of History and Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale University, New Haven, USA.  He specializes in Hellenistic history with particular focus on the legal and economic history of Ptolemaic Egypt.

Koenraad Verboven is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Ghent, Belgium. He specializes in ancient social and economic history, particularly of the Roman world, and has a special interest in monetary history and numismatics, friendship and patronage based networks, guilds (collegia), (neo-)institutional analysis and complexity economics.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Climate Change and Ancient Societies in Europe and the Near East
  • Book Subtitle Diversity in Collapse and Resilience
  • Editors Paul Erdkamp
    Joseph G. Manning
    Koenraad Verboven
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Ancient Economies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Ancient Economies
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-81103-7
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-81102-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-81105-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-81103-7
  • Series ISSN 2752-3292
  • Series E-ISSN 2752-3306
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages LVI, 623
  • Number of Illustrations 35 b/w illustrations, 59 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Economic History
    Agricultural Economics
    History of Ancient Europe