Over the human history, climate changed more than once and catastrophically at times, but modern historians and especially popularizers simply ignore this because they don’t know it. At times, some plain funny things happen…
Moscow, Russia (Vocus) February 10, 2010
Climate is such an amazing thing. It has constantly evolved since time immemorial. Author Alexander Nikonov, in his book, Civilization’s Temperature, discusses the effect of climate on humankind’s history.
One of the most fascinating scientific problems is to track the influence of climate on history of humanity. Scientists attempted it more than once, in order to learn how climate and geography affect fate of civilizations, character of nations, their moral and culture, but those were amateurish attempts. Only in the last decade, the large-scale reconstruction of climate was completed for the last ten thousand years, and it became possible to superimpose the graph of climate fluctuations over human history. In Nikonov’s compelling new book, he speaks about shockingly interesting studies by Professor Vladimir Klimenko, one of the most competent modern climatologists, who did enormous work on researching the climate in various regions of the Earth. Klimenko integrated all possible methods of studying the weather into a single system and got very impressive results.
Prof. Klimenko once told the author, “Over the human history, climate changed more than once and catastrophically at times, but modern historians and especially popularizers simply ignore this because they don’t know it. At times, some plain funny things happen…”
Climate has indeed changed throughout the years—and it still continues to do so. From several millennia ago to the present, it has helped in molding and shaping the world as it is today. With vividly presented examples and comprehensive factual information, Civilization’s Temperature serves as a valuable resource for all.
“…this book could not have come into being if it were not for climatologist Vladimir Klimenko, who is in fact the full-fledged coauthor, because with his studies of many years, he laid the foundation of this work, built its walls, and put a roof over it. All that was left for me was to take a paintbrush and to paint the building in the public-favored colors, and in addition, perhaps, to willfully cut an entrance on the other side. Or rather an exit, because I was not in full agreement with Klimenko’s obviously pessimistic conclusions concerning the civilization’s future,” says the author.
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Civilization’s Temperature * by Alexander Nikonov
Effect of Climate on Humankind’s History
Publication Date: February 4, 2010
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