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El Nino in World History

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El Nino in World History by Richard Grove
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This book examines the role of the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in society. Throughout human history, large or recurrent El Ninos 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 Nino: 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 Nino'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 Nino in the current media, which is as much a product of the public imagination as it is a natural process.

Author Biography

Richard Grove is a pioneering global environmental historian whose numerous books include Green Imperialism; Ecology, Climate and Empire; and El Nino- history and crisis. He was Professorial Fellow at Centre for World Environmental History, University of Sussex and ARC Professorial Fellow at Australian National University. This book represents some of his most recent, exciting and unpublished work on the life and times of El Nino. George Adamson is a historical climatologist with a focus on El Nino and the Indian monsoon. He is Lecturer in Geography at King's College London, UK.
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January 16th, 2018
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
1st ed. 2018
7 Illustrations, color; 9 Illustrations, black and white; XVII, 245 p. 16 illus., 7 illus. in color.
Palgrave Macmillan
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