El Niño in World History

  • Richard Grove
  • George Adamson

Part of the Palgrave Studies in World Environmental History book series (PSWEH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Richard Grove, George Adamson
    Pages 1-15
  3. A Millennial History of El Niño

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Richard Grove, George Adamson
      Pages 19-48
    3. Richard Grove, George Adamson
      Pages 49-79
    4. Richard Grove, George Adamson
      Pages 81-92
    5. Richard Grove, George Adamson
      Pages 93-104
  4. The Science of El Niño and the Southern Oscillation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Richard Grove, George Adamson
      Pages 107-137
    3. Richard Grove, George Adamson
      Pages 139-155
  5. El Niño and Epidemic Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Richard Grove, George Adamson
      Pages 159-178
  6. El Niño in Contemporary Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Richard Grove, George Adamson
      Pages 181-197
    3. Richard Grove, George Adamson
      Pages 199-217
    4. Richard Grove, George Adamson
      Pages 219-227
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 229-245

About this book

Introduction

This book examines the role of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in society. Throughout human history, large or recurrent El Niños could cause significant disruption to societies and in some cases even contribute to political change. Yet it is only now that we are coming to appreciate the significance of the phenomenon. In this volume, Richard Grove and George Adamson chart the dual history of El Niño: as a global phenomenon capable of devastating weather extremes and, since the 18th century, as a developing idea in science and society. The chapters trace El Niño’s position in world history from its role in the revolution in Australian Aboriginal Culture at 5,000 BP to the 2015-16 ‘Godzilla’ event. It ends with a discussion of El Niño in the current media, which is as much a product of the public imagination as it is a natural process.

Keywords

history history of literature world history El Nino World History Floods in Peru Floods in California El Niño Southern Oscillation El Niño current Walker Circulation El Nino and Epidemic disease

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard Grove
    • 1
  • George Adamson
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for World Environmental HistoryUniversity of SussexBrightonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of GeographyKing’s College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-45740-0
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-45739-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-45740-0
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