By Ronnie Ellenblum

As a 'Medieval hot interval' prevailed in Western Europe throughout the 10th and 11th centuries, the japanese Mediterranean quarter, from the Nile to the Oxus, was once struggling with a sequence of climatic failures which resulted in the decline of a few of crucial civilisations and cultural centres of the time. This provocative research argues that many well-documented yet it sounds as if disparate occasions - resembling recurrent drought and famine in Egypt, mass migrations within the steppes of crucial Asia, and the decline in inhabitants in city centres comparable to Baghdad and Constantinople - are attached and will be understood in the huge context of weather swap. Drawing on a wealth of textual and archaeological proof, Ronnie Ellenblum explores the effect of climatic and ecological swap around the jap Mediterranean during this interval, to provide a brand new point of view on why this used to be a turning element within the historical past of the Islamic world.

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