Palgrave Studies in World Environmental History

El Niño in World History

Authors: Grove, Richard, Adamson, George

  • Examines the role of El Niño in the major social changes of human history
  • Charts El Niño’s history as a global weather phenomenon and its resultant devastating weather
  • Explores El Niño as a developing idea in science and society since the eighteenth century
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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.

About the authors

Richard Grove is a pioneering global environmental historian whose numerous books include Green Imperialism; Ecology, Climate and Empire; and El Niño- 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 This book represents some of his most recent, exciting and unpublished work on the life and times of El Niño.

George Adamson is a historical climatologist with a focus on El Niño and the Indian monsoon. He is Lecturer in Geography at King’s College London, UK.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Grove, Richard (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

  • El Niño in Prehistory

    Grove, Richard (et al.)

    Pages 19-48

  • El Niño Chronology and the Little Ice Age

    Grove, Richard (et al.)

    Pages 49-79

  • The ‘Great El Niño’, 1790–1794

    Grove, Richard (et al.)

    Pages 81-92

  • The Influence of El Niño on World Crises in the Nineteenth Century

    Grove, Richard (et al.)

    Pages 93-104

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-45740-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-45739-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
El Niño in World History
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in World Environmental History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-45740-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-45740-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-45739-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 245
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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