What Was Life Like In The Little Ice Age? – Part I

Posted: June 26, 2014 by tallbloke in solar system dynamics

Paul Homewood reviews Brian Fagan’s book on the LIA – Part 1



It is widely accepted that the planet has warmed up by a degree or so since the end of the Little Ice Age about 150 years ago. We are regularly told that this increase in temperature has already caused widespread damage to the global environment, from dead polar bears and rising sea levels to extreme weather and famine. The implication is clear – the world was a much better place 200 years ago. But what was it like back then? Were conditions then really better than now?

There is an interesting book out called “The Little Ice Age” which describes life during those times. The author, Brian Fagan, is a Professor of Archaeology and I should add that it is clear from his book that he is a firm believer in AGW. It contains a good deal of useful information. (Everything that follows is based on the book).

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  1. My understanding is the Little Ice Age came on in a very abrupt fashion . Only a few decades with the transition period sometime in the early part of the 14th century.

    I think climatic /solar conditions now are very similar to the period 1275 ad- 1325 ad in that prolonged solar minimum conditions followed a long period of high solar activity(the medieval warm period)and nevertheless despite this long period of high solar activity (warm oceans?) this did not delay the abrupt unset of Little Ice Age conditions.

  2. ren says:

    Please click and check the temperature of the surface of the ice around Antarctica.

  3. Dan in Nevada says:

    Back before the History Channel (here in the States) became a chronicler of prison tattoos, they used to have some fascinating material. One of the very best was a documentary on the LIA and its effects on Europe. I learned more in two hours (I believe that was the length) than I’d heard in a lifetime. Before that, I’d never really thought about the the origin of the crop failures that precipitated bread riots, “let them eat cake”, and general ill health paving the way for the Black Plague. Equally fascinating to me was learning that New World crops that could be grown in cold weather were the difference between life and death for most of Europe. As a child, I’d wondered why “traditional” foods from the Norwegian side of my family consisted mainly of potato dishes instead of something made from native European crops. The CAGW know-it-alls who try to minimize or ignore the LIA only demonstrate their own profound stupidity.