The Little Ice Age altered the course of history

Six Ways the Little Ice Age Made History-FromtheNewEngandHistoricalSociety.

The Little Ice Age changed New England history in ways that historians are only beginning to understand.

Though scientists don’t agree on what caused the Little Ice Age, most agree the climate cooled from the 15th century to the middle of the 19th century, with the greatest intensity between 1550 and 1700. Some scientists peg the coldest period even more narrowly, between 1645 and 1715. During that period the average winter temperatures in North America fell two degrees Celsius.

The NASA Earth Observatory blames diminished solar activity for the Little Ice Age, though scientists offer competing theories.

Historians, on the other hand, agree that the Little Ice Age altered the course of history. It froze rivers and canals in Northern Europe, wiped out cereal production in Iceland and caused famine in France, Norway and Sweden. Colder winters meant denser wood, which contributed to the superior tone of the Stradivarius violin.

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30 thoughts on “The Little Ice Age altered the course of history”

  1. It is interesting that AGW supporters talk about increases in “average global temperature” since the start of the industrial revolution. Since the World was just emerging from the Little Ice Age in the 19th Century, is it a surprise that temperatures have been on a bit of an uptick since?

  2. Unfortunately newer accounts of the Little Ice Age tend to downplay its importance. We’re told that the Thames was wider and the flow was slower leading to easier freezing to the point even an elephant can walk across it. We are told that the last climate optimum about 1000 years ago was not that optimistic and Viking exploration was nothing much. Read the Saga’s. Iceland was once covered in forest but men with no foresight just cut down the trees to build longships and just exploit the land. A hell of a lot has happened over the last 1000 years and any fool who shrugs his shoulders and goes “it isn’t much” is getting it wrong by a very large margin.

      • They (the Am.Ind) did not and do not NEED SAVING (as well as countless others). That is the arrogance of “christians” talking. People are perfectly fine untill you come along.
        You “christians”sound like the StarTrek Borg: “resistance is futile, you will be assimilated (or killed)”, because we order this.

  3. The BBC series “Connections” available on DVD for big bucks
    does a great job explaining the changes that happened back
    then. Was produced sometime in the late 70s I believe. It was
    on most PBS stations back then. Obviously not PC by the
    millennial cool aid drinkers; sad very sad.

  4. Famine in Sweden- Is the historical memory of this event the reason why a noted Swedish scientist is trying to get a jump on normalizing cannibalism?

  5. I hear emotionally unstable teenagers are particularly tasty!

    I was going to add that comment to the previous post, but didn’t see why I should get both of them censored! Haha!

    Merry Christmas, Robert, to you and yours! I hope you can enjoy each day for the blessings it brings, as I am finally learning to do so late in my life.

    The future is uncertain, the past is gone, so there is no choice left but to live each day to the fullest. And that turns out to be one of the greatest blessings of all!

    • Deb, that is a good philosophy! I have resigned myself to the fact that the rest of my life will be short and I will not have to live with the mess the millennials will create. I consider myself to be a scientist/engineer and I see the coming wave as a repeat of the dark ages. No thanks! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Earl

    • Yeh we can eat the snowflakes first lol so funny….theyll all be freezing in there AGW rainbow bikinis ….

    • Some of the Mid East Imam’s have already given permission to soldiers to eat captured or dead enemies.
      AOC also is in favor, SICK people eh!

      • Very barbaric indeed. One good reason to keep them out of our nations. Those who disagree could be sent to their nations to put their open mindedness to the test. Yes?

      • Under exceptional circumstances in which you were faced with no other alternative is it acceptable to eat whatever you can and it is even OK for Muslims to eat pork (Al Baqarah 2:173)

        Allah hath forbidden you to eat dead animals, blood and flesh of swine, and that which hath been dedicated to other than Allah. But whoever hath been forced by necessity and not transgression will have no sin upon him.
        Allah is oft forgiving and most merciful.

        So we see, a Muslim can be forgiven if driven to eat something to survive that he usually wouldn’t. But he must return to normal eating as soon as better food comes along.

        Likewise, there was a bad plane crash in the Andes in which survivors had no choice but to eat the meat of dead comrades. Failure to do so would mean everyone perished on a mountainside from Hell.

        Google ‘Uruguayan Air Force flight 571 13 October 1972’
        Cannibalism is a crime if a murderer eats human flesh when better food is available from Tesco’s. Only sometimes, people are forced by NECESSITY to do otherwise to survive.

  6. Abnormal cold weather in Eastern Siberia

    For twenty days of the month, the weather is unusually hot with a temperature 4…5 degrees above the norm. On Monday night, in the northern half of Krasnoyarsk territory, frost increased to -35 …- 39°C in eastern Evenkia at -45°C. -20°C frosts were observed in the southern regions of Krasnoyarsk. Severe frost occurred in the Irkutsk region in the south at -35°C, in the north of the region at -44°C. The cold air penetrates freely in the continental regions of the Far East. Frosts of -40°C were observed in Buryatia, the Trans-Baikal Territory and the Amur region. In Yakutia, everywhere the temperature crossed the -30°C line, and in the northern half the frost increased to -45°C. And yet, the Oymyakon area remains the coldest. On the night of December 23, the temperature of tenths was not sufficient to -50°C. In the coming days, the unusually cold weather will persist everywhere in Eastern Siberia and the Far East. The air temperature is assumed to be 1…4 degrees below the multi-year values. The mid-week cold weather in the Far East will get warmer. The temperature will rise to normal and in some places it is expected to be 1 to 4 degrees higher, but not for long.
    “By the end of the week, a new cold snap will sweep across the whole of Eastern Siberia.
    The temperature will be below normal by 10 … 12 degrees.
    ‘That’s mean it will be going colder in some regions like -62°C !? Jan and Feb are the coldest months in Siberia.’

  7. “The Little Ice Age changed New England history in ways that historians are only beginning to understand.”

    They better hurry up and learn because things have come full circle.
    The only difference is the technology and the uniforms.

  8. The European witch hunts of the 15th to 17th centuries targeted witches that were thought to be responsible for epidemics and crop failures as the Earth descended into the horrific cold of the Little Ice Age.
    It appears that we haven’t learned the lessons of the 16th century and the dangers of stirring unfounded fears concerning changes to our climate.
    Witch hunt is still on but it’s called: “consensus”

    • Don’t worry about witch hunts coming back. They will be back with a ferociousness that you won’t believe…. It won’t be so much real witches and uppity women being the targeted groups. This time around the targets are more diverse and irreconcilable. It will start out with the PC crowd persecuting and trying to silence their critics and that will lead to a all out counter attack once the right and old school folks have had enough of obeying law and being crapped on. Be patient the worst is yet to come.

    • There is a new and better theory for the witch hunts. Most of the executions for witchcraft took place in German speaking areas (77% in Germany and Switzerland), and especially in areas of intense competition between Prots and RCs for the people’s allegiance. Each side was eager to prove to the masses that they were the more zealous protector of the public from the perils of witchery. Neither side wanted to perceived as “soft on witchcraft.’ Before the Reformation, witch burnings were extremely rare, and remained rare in areas where Protestantism made no inroads, regardless of weather or climate change. As religious competition between the two sides became less intense, witchcraft trials declined.

      • PS–I guess emitting CO2 is the new witchcraft. Democrats and many Republicans are competing to see who can best protect us from this insidious “menace.”

  9. Highly recommend Geoffrey Parker’s “Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century” on this matter.

  10. The Little Ice Age, How Climate Made History. Author: Brian Fagan . He fills almost 300 pages with how the little ice age made history. Not so new information. My copy has to be 20 years old.

    A great read! I read it a dozen times in a dozen years.

  11. A good fiction novel about this subject is:

    Fallen Angels by Larry Niven

    Shows what happens when eco luddites catches religion.

  12. In 1658 the Swedish king Karl X Gustav took the Swedish army across the frozen Lilla Belt in Denmark and attacked the Danish from west. After the peace in Roskilde Sweden got the southern part Skane from Denmark

  13. All Democratic candidates platforms includes “climate crises”, so it makes no difference who wins the nomination.
    Remember this next year.

    And by the way did you notice there were NO american flag at the last debate. Hmmmmmmmmmmm

  14. It may have affected the course of the American Revolution. It was almost certainly responsible for the bitter winter of 1777-1778 at Washington’s winter encampment in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (“These are the times that try men’s souls…”) which has become enshrined in the mythos of the American Revolution.

  15. Quote: Frozen Rivers and canals in Northern Europe during the Little Ice Age wiped out cereal production in Iceland and caused famine in France, Norway and Sweden. Colder winters meant denser wood, which contributed to the superior tone of the Stradivarius violin.

    The starting Wolf Grand Solar Minimum not only caused famine by wiping out cereal production in Iceland and horse livestock, but also prevented normal fishing from taking place because of months of massive sea ice around Iceland.

    The same winter ice conditions affected Greenland far more savagely, ending all farming practices, decimating the population, and forcing the survivors to flee southwestwards to Newfoundland, leaving Greenland the province of the Inuit and polar bears.

    Greenland has not returned to its Medieval Warm Period capability of supporting Icelandic farming for the last 900 years. The slow climate slide continues into the next glacial advance coming to the Northern Hemisphere in a not too far away horizon.
    To kill a polar bear
    The fate and ferocity of the North’s greatest predator has pitted the Inuit against southern scientists, leading to an extraordinary moment in a Nunavut court
    Excerpts from a fascinating article by Aaron Hutchins
    Published: April 15, 2019

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