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In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours… Mark Twain

Robert Smithson – as in The Smithsonian Institution – described it by saying, The museum spreads its surfaces everywhere, and becomes an untitled collection of generalizations that mobilize the eye. Such is the nature of not only this book but the idea of climatology in general.  Anyone who has ever visited the desert knows and average daytime temperature of 100 degrees farenheit coupled with nighttime lows of 50 degrees allow the chamber of commerce to advertise an average temperature of 75 degrees. Our greatest fear is that the climatologists and the social engineers will connive at policies based on pseudo science that will usher in more harm than either global warming or a new ice age – or both!

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The Little Ice Age : how climate made history, 1300-1850  Brian Fagan  New York, NY : Basic Books, c 2000  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xxi, 246 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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Only in the last decade have climatologists developed conjectures about yearly climate conditions in historical times. This book expounds on a long-standing suspicion: that the world endured a 500-year cold snap – The Little Ice Age – that lasted roughly from A.D. 1300 until 1850. The Little Ice Age spins a story of the turbulent, unpredictable and often very cold years of modern European history and how climate may have altered historical events.

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The Little Ice Age offers a new perspective on familiar events. Archaeologist Brian Fagan shows how the increasing cold affected Norse exploration; how changing sea temperatures caused English and Basque fishermen to follow vast shoals of cod all the way to the New World; how a generations-long subsistence crisis in France contributed to social disintegration and ultimately revolution; and how English efforts to improve farm productivity in the face of a deteriorating climate helped pave the way for the Industrial Revolution and hence for global warming.

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Once did she hold the gorgeous East in fee, And was the safeguard of the West… William Wordsworth

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The horses of St Mark’s: a story of triumph in Byzantium, Paris and Venice New York, Overlook Press, 2010 Charles Freeman Bronze sculpture, Classical  Italy  Venice; Europe  History; Horses of San Marco  History Hardcover. 1st. American ed. and printing.  xiv, 298 p.: ill., ports.; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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The Horses of St. Mark’s in Venice are among art’s finest creations — and certainly one with a story like no other. Charles Freeman explores the mysterious origin of the statues and their turbulent movements through Europe over the centuries: in Constantinople, at both its founding and sacking in the Fourth Crusade; in Venice, at both the height of its greatness and fall in 1797; in the Paris of Napoleon, and the revolutions of 1848; and back in Venice. In this book, Freeman shows how the horses came to stand at the heart of European history time and time again.

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