Geographisches Kolloquium am 08.01.2020

What triggers a climate crisis? Lessons from high-resolution historical and natural archives


Dr. Adam Izdebski | “Palaeo-Science and History" Research Group, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena


As the climate change is looming on the horizon, what are the lessons that we can draw from history? Did historical societies of Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the early modern times experience crisis each time there occurred a change in climatic conditions or sudden extreme weather event? Or they were resilient, and the role of climate was more subtle and complex, and we could learn from this resilience for our own coping strategies in the future? In my talk, I would like to discuss the role of climate as the "cause" vs "trigger" of ecological, economic, political and cultural crises in historical societies. I will focus on case studies from the regions for which there exists high-resolution (i.e., chronologically detailed) paleoenvironmental and historical evidence, which allows for a more robust reconstruction of the process which resulted in the societal crisis. I will draw on examples from early modern Poland, late antique and medieval Anatolia, as well as Greece, looking at the most interesting instances of social-ecological crises and their relationship with climatic variability.


Datum: Mittwoch, 08.01.2020

Uhrzeit: 16:15 Uhr

Ort: GW2, B1150


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