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Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World

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Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World

By  Wood
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A global history of the climate catastrophe caused by the Tambora eruption

When Indonesia's Mount Tambora erupted in 1815, it unleashed the most destructive wave of extreme weather the world has witnessed in thousands of years. The volcano's massive sulfate dust cloud enveloped the Earth, cooling temperatures and disrupting major weather systems for more than three years. Communities worldwide endured famine, disease, and civil unrest on a catastrophic scale.

Here, Gillen D'Arcy Wood traces Tambora's global and historical reach: how the volcano's three-year climate change regime initiated the first worldwide cholera pandemic, expanded opium markets in China, and plunged the United States into its first economic depression. Bringing the history of this planetary emergency to life, Tambora sheds light on the fragile interdependence of climate and human societies to offer a cautionary tale about the potential tragic impacts of drastic climate change in our own century.

Gillen D'Arcy Wood is professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he directs the Sustainability Studies Initiative in the Humanities.

ISBN: 9780691168623

ISBN-10: 9780691168623

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 09/15/2015 - 12:00am

On Sale: 09/15/2015 - 12:00am

Pages: 312

Language: English

Categories

Modern - 19th Century

Earthquakes & Volcanoes

Weather

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