Social resilience to nuclear winter: lessons from the Late Antique Little Ice Age

Global Security: Health, Science and Policy Vol/Iss. 6(1) Routledge Published In Pages: 57-67
By Peregrine, Peter N.


The author analyzes conditions that might favor social resilience during the Late Antique Little Ice Age (ca. 536-556 CE). The assumption is made that climatic conditions in the Northern Hemisphere during this period of time are very similar to those that would occur during a nuclear winter. These conditions include a drop in temperature and decreased solar radiation from volcanic eruptions. Measures for social resilience come from multiple variables for social change, which are tested against measures for type of political engagement. It is argued that broad political participation is correlated with resilience.

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