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The waning of the little ice age

Morgan Kelly and Cormac Ó Gráda ()

No 201211, Working Papers from School of Economics, University College Dublin

Abstract: The ramifications of the Little Ice Age, a period of cooling temperatures straddling several centuries in northwestern Europe, reach far beyond meteorology into economic, political, and cultural history. The LIA has spawned a series of resonant images that range from frost fairs to contracting glaciers, and from disappearing vineyards to disappearing Viking colonies. This paper takes issue with these images, and argues that the phenomena they describe can be explained without resort to climate change.

Keywords: Climate; Global warming; Little Ice Age; Europe--Climate--History; Climatic changes--Europe--History; Climate and civilization--Europe (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N50 Q54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-04
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