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Journal Article

Climatic Change and Agricultural Exhaustion as Elements in the Fall of Rome

Ellsworth Huntington
The Quarterly Journal of Economics
Vol. 31, No. 2 (Feb., 1917), pp. 173-208
Published by: Oxford University Press
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I. Decline in Roman agriculture, 173.--Contrasted views, 175.--Lie big and Simkhovitch on exhaustion of soil, 176.--Conrad on climatic change, 177.--II. Four climatic hypotheses: (1) Uniformity, 178.--Geological view, 178.--Historical view, 179.--Ancient famines, 180.--Water works, 181.--Cyrene, 181.--Ilandarin, 182.--Ancient vegetation and crops, 183.--(2) Local changes and deforestation, 185.--(3) Progressive change in one direction, 185.--(4) Pulsatory or irregular changes, 186.--III. cancellation Sea, 186.--California lakes and trees, 188.--Palmyra as an example of effect of climatic changes, 188.--Nature of such changes, 189.--Dates of changes in old world and new, 191.--IV. Historical effects of changes: (1) Economic results, agriculture, forests, cattle, 194.--(2) Political results, taxation, barbarian invasion, 198.--(3) Biological results, elimination of Nordics, increase of malaria, decline of physical energy, 201.--V. Climate and civilization, 204.--Conclusion, 207.

Notes and References

This item contains 15 references.

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