The Palgrave Handbook of Climate History

  • Sam White
  • Christian Pfister
  • Franz Mauelshagen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Christian Pfister, Sam White, Franz Mauelshagen
    Pages 1-17
  3. Reconstruction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Eduardo Zorita, Sebastian Wagner, Fredrik Schenk
      Pages 21-26
    3. Stefan Brönnimann, Christian Pfister, Sam White
      Pages 27-36
    4. Samuel U. Nussbaumer, Heinz J. Zumbühl
      Pages 93-97
    5. Christian Pfister, Chantal Camenisch, Petr Dobrovolný
      Pages 115-129
    6. Jürg Luterbacher, Eduardo Zorita
      Pages 131-139
    7. Eduardo Zorita, Sebastian Wagner
      Pages 141-148
    8. Naomi Oreskes, Erik Conway, David J. Karoly, Joelle Gergis, Urs Neu, Christian Pfister
      Pages 149-171
  4. Historical Climatology: Periods and Regions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. John L. Brooke
      Pages 175-182
    3. Peregrine Horden
      Pages 183-188
    4. Quansheng Ge, Zhixin Hao, Jingyun Zheng, Yang Liu
      Pages 189-201
    5. George C. D. Adamson, David J. Nash
      Pages 203-211
    6. María del Rosario Prieto, Facundo Rojas
      Pages 213-224
    7. Joëlle Gergis, Linden Ashcroft, Don Garden
      Pages 237-245
    8. Christian Rohr, Chantal Camenisch, Kathleen Pribyl
      Pages 247-263
    9. Christian Pfister, Rudolf Brázdil, Jürg Luterbacher, Astrid E. J. Ogilvie, Sam White
      Pages 265-295
    10. Stefan Brönnimann, Sam White, Victoria Slonosky
      Pages 309-320
    11. Stefan Brönnimann
      Pages 321-328
  5. Climate and Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 329-329
    2. Sam White, John Brooke, Christian Pfister
      Pages 331-353
    3. James L. A. Webb
      Pages 355-365
    4. Dagomar Degroot
      Pages 367-385
    5. Franz Mauelshagen
      Pages 413-444
  6. Case Studies in Climate Reconstruction and Impacts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 445-445
    2. Timothy P. Newfield
      Pages 447-493
    3. Philip Slavin
      Pages 495-515
    4. Vinita Damodaran, Rob Allan, Astrid E. J. Ogilvie, Gaston R. Demarée, Joëlle Gergis, Takehiko Mikami et al.
      Pages 517-550
    5. Christian Pfister, Sam White
      Pages 551-561
  7. The History of Climate Ideas and Climate Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 563-563
    2. Ruth A. Morgan
      Pages 589-603
    3. Matthias Heymann, Dania Achermann
      Pages 605-632
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 633-656

About this book


This handbook offers the first comprehensive, state-of-the-field guide to past weather and climate and their role in human societies. Bringing together dozens of international specialists from the sciences and humanities, this volume describes the methods, sources, and major findings of historical climate reconstruction and impact research.  Its chapters take the reader through each key source of past climate and weather information and each technique of analysis; through each historical period and region of the world; through the major topics of climate and history and core case studies; and finally through the history of climate ideas and science. Using clear, non-technical language, The Palgrave Handbook of Climate History serves as a textbook for students, a reference guide for specialists and an introduction to climate history for scholars and interested readers.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sam White
    • 1
  • Christian Pfister
    • 2
  • Franz Mauelshagen
    • 3
  1. 1.Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OHUSA
  2. 2.Institute of HistoryOeschger Centre for Climate ChangeBernSwitzerland
  3. 3.Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, University of PotsdamPotsdamGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-43019-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-43020-5
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