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Fat book, thin theory,
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This review is from: Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century (Hardcover)
This is clearly the product of an enormous amount of research, all in support of a theory that the 'mini ice age' of the 17th century accounts for the 'general crisis' of the 17th century but despite all the hundreds of pages of facts from around the world he does not make a convincing case that these were more than co-incidental events. Indeed he acknowledges that the rebellions, uprisings and wars of the 'general crisis' were not confined to the period, and also that the 1690s, claimed to be calmer, occurred while the climate was still cool. It clearly does not suit his theory to discuss the economic expansion of England during this period. Given the grand ambition of the work the result is very disappointing.