The Effects Of Climate Change And Religion Essay

1721 Words Oct 9th, 2015 7 Pages
There were many factors that contributed to the uneven growth of urban centres and culture in Europe between 1500 and 1650. This essay will consider the impact of climate change, geography, the economy, war, religion and the changing political landscape in Europe in this period, with a view to identifying the main factors that led to the changes at this time. There was no one thing that caused the changes, though an argument could be made for any of the factors above. Climate change and religion might have been the most important drivers, however, as these were the catalysts that led to the other changes. A conclusion will be proposed based on a consideration of the various contributing factors. In the modern world climate change can be explained rationally with the aid of science. People may not agree with the explanations, but most are credible, such as global warming, deforestation and greenhouse gases. Between 1500 and 1650, however, there was no science to explain the weather. Historians now call this period the mini ice age, with the coldest period being the 17th century and indications that around the 1620s was the coldest point. Behring states that “The 1620s were characterized by long, cold winters, late springs, cold, wet summers and autumns that brought crop failure and an increase in prices. It was into this atmosphere of enhanced tension that a climatic event of unusual severity broke in 1626. During the last week of May, in the midst of the…

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