Climate and social change at the start of the Late Antique Little Ice Age

  title={Climate and social change at the start of the Late Antique Little Ice Age},
  author={Peter Neal Peregrine},
  journal={The Holocene},
  pages={1643 - 1648}
  • P. Peregrine
  • Published 9 July 2020
  • Environmental Science
  • The Holocene
The Late Antique Little Ice Age, spanning the period from 536 CE to roughly 560 CE, saw temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere drop by a degree C in less than a decade. This rapid cooling is thought to have caused widespread famine, epidemic disease, and social disruption. The relationship between cooling and social disruption is examined here using a set of high-resolution climate and historical data. A significant link between cooling and social disruption is demonstrated, but it is also… 

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