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Floods, Famines, and Emperors

Floods, Famines, and Emperors

El Nino and the Fate of Civilizations
February 2009
Trade Paperback · 368 Pages
$18.99 U.S. · $22.00 CAN · €13.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780465005307
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In 1999, few people had thought to examine the effects of climate on civilization. Now, due in part to the groundbreaking work of archaeologist Brian Fagan, climate change is a central issue. Revised and updated ten years after its first publication, Floods, Famines and Emperors remains the definitive account of how the world's best-known climate event had an indelible impact on history.

About the Author

Brian Fagan is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he has written many internationally acclaimed books of popular archaeology, including The Great Warming, The Rape of the Nile, The Little Ice Age, and The Long Summer. He lives in Santa Barbara.