Climate History Network

A network of interdisciplinary scholars studying past climate change

Climate History Bibliography

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Standard Bibliography

Bauernfeind, W., and U. Woitek, “The Influence of Climatic Change on Price Fluctuations in Germany during the 16th Century Price Revolution,” Climatic Change 43:1 (1999), 303-322.

Behringer, Wolfgang. A Cultural History of Climate.  Cambridge: Polity Press, 2010.

Behringer, Wolfgang. “Climatic Change and Witch-Hunting: The Impact of the Little Ice Age on Mentalities,” Climatic Change 43:1 (1999), 335-351.

Brazdil, Rudolf, Pfister, Christian, et al. “Historical Climatology in Europe – the State of the Art” Climatic Change 70 (2005): 363 – 430.

Briffa, K. R. et al. “European Tree Rings and Climate in the 16th Century,” Climatic Change 43:1 (1999) 151-168.

Brown, Neville. History and Climate Change: A Eurocentric perspective.  London: Routledge, 2001.

Camuffo, D. “Freezing of the Venetian lagoon since the 9th century A.D. in comparison to the climate of western Europe and England.”

Climatic trends and anomalies in Europe 1675-1715. Edited by Burkhard Frenzel. Stuttgart: Gustav Fischer Verlag, 1994.

De Kraker, Adriaan. Reconstruction of Storm Frequency in the North Sea Area of the Preindustrial Period, 1400-1625 and the Connection with Reconstructed Time Series of Temperatures, History of Meteorology 2, 51-69, 2005.

Dobrovolny, Petr et. al. Monthly, seasonal and annual temperature reconstructions for Central Europe derived from documentary evidence and instrumental records since AD 1500. Climatic Change (2010) 101:69–107.

European climate reconstructed from documentary data: methods and results. Edited by Buckhard Frenzel. Stuttgart: Gustav Fischer Verlag, 1992.

Fagan, Brian M. The Little Ice Age: how climate made history, 1300-1850. Boulder: Basic Books, 2000.

Glaser, Rüdiger. Klimageschichte Mitteleuropas. 1000 Jahre Wetter, Klima, Katastrophen.

Glaser, Rüdiger and Gerhard Koslowski. “Reconstruction of the Ice Winter Severity since 1701 in the Western Baltic.” Climatic Change 31: 79-98, 1995.

Glaser, Rüdiger and Gerhard Koslowski. “Variations in reconstructed ice winter severity in the western Baltic from 1501 to 1995, and their implications for the North Atlantic Oscillation.” Climatic Change 41: 175–191, 1999.

Gordon Manley, “Central England Temperatures: Monthly Means 1659 to 1973” The Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 100 (1974): 389-405.

Grove, Jean M. Little Ice Ages: Ancient and Modern. London: Routledge, 2004.

History and Climate: Memories of the Future? Edited by P.D. Jones et. al. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2001.

Labrijn, A. The climate of the Netherlands during the last two and a half centuries. KNMI Mededelingenen Verhandelingen 49. 1945.

Ladurie, Emmanuel le Roy. Times of Feast, Times of Famine: A History of Climate Since the Year 1000. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1971.

Lamb, Hubert. Climate, History, and the Modern World: Second Edition. London: Routledge, 1995.

Lamb, Hubert. Historic Storms of the North Sea, British Isles, and Northwest Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Lamb, Hubert. The English Climate: Second Edition. London: English Universities Press, 1964.

Lansberg, H.E. “Past Climates from Unexploited Written Sources.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History, No. 10 (1980), 631-42.

Leijonhufvud L, Wilson R, Moberg A (2008) Documentary data as proxy variables for Stockholm late winter to early spring temperatures in the 18th and 19th centuries. Holocene 18:333–343.

Leijonhufvud L, Wilson R, Moberg A, Söderberg J, Retsö D, Söderlind U (2009) Five centuries of winter/spring temperatures in Stockholm reconstructed from documentary evidence and instrumental observations. Clim Change

Luterbacher, J., C. Schmutz, D. Gyalistras, E. Xoplaki, and H. Wanner (1999), “Reconstruction of Monthly NAO and EU Indices Back to AD 1675,” Geophys. Res. Lett., 26(17), 2745–2748.

Oliver, J. and J.A. Kington, ‘The Usefulness of Ships’ Logbooks in the Synoptic Analysis of Past Climates’, Weather, 25 (1970), 520-27.

Pearce, Fred. Climate and Man: From the Ice Ages to the Global Greenhouse. London: Vision Books, 1989.

Pfister, Christian. “Climatic Extremes, Recurrent Crises and Witch Hunts: Strategies of European Societies in Coping with Exogenous Shocks in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries,” The Medieval History Journal 10, 1&2 (2007), 33-73.

Pfister, Christian, and Rudolf Brázdil, “Climatic Variability in Sixteenth-Century Europe and its Social Dimension: A Synthesis,” Climatic Change 43:1 (1999), 5-53.

Pfister, Christian and Rudolf Brázdil. “Social vulnerability to climate in the ‘Little Ice Age’: an example from Central Europe in the early 1770s.”

Raible, Christoph C. “Climate variability – observations, reconstructions, and model simulations for the Atlantic-European and Alpine region from 1500–2100 AD.” Climatic Change (2006) 79:9–29.

Richards, John F. The Unending Frontier: An Environmental History of the Early Modern World. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.

Sager, Ingrid D. The Little Ice Age and 17th Century Dutch Landscape Painting, a Study on the Impact of Climate on Art. Masters Abstracts International 2007 45(1): 6. MA1438002 California State U, Dominguez Hills 2006. 117 pp.

Shabalova, M.V., and A.F.V. van Engelen, “Evaluation of a reconstruction of temperature in the Low Countries AD 764-1998.” Climatic Change March 2000.

Van den Dool, H. M., H. J. Krijnen and C. J. E. Schuurmans, “Average winter temperatures at De Bilt (the Netherlands) 1634-1977,” Climatic Change, vol. 1, pp. 319-30, Dordrecht, Reidel.

Wheeler, Dennis. “British Naval Logbooks from the Late Seventeenth Century: New climatic information from old sources.” History of Meteorology 2 (2005) 133-146.

Wheeler, Dennis. “Understanding Seventeenth-Century Ships’ Logbooks: An Exercise in Historical Climatology.” Journal for Maritime Research (2004), 1-16.

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