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The Weather Factor - How Nature Has Changed History (Paperback, New Ed): Erik Durschmied
The Weather Factor - How Nature Has Changed History (Paperback, New Ed): Erik Durschmied

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The Weather Factor - How Nature Has Changed History (Paperback, New Ed)

Erik Durschmied

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Drawing on his wide experience as a war correspondent Durschmied provides a racy account of how various weather events have altered the course of history. These include the typhoon that destroyed the Mongol fleet invading Japan in 1281 and the bitter winter of 1941-42 which so damaged Hitler's plans to conquer Russia. Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 was similarly doomed because it failed to take adequate account of climatic conditions. Finally, the question of whether future governments will be able to modify the weather using supertech weapons to aid them in a geophysical conflict is discussed. The counterfactual approach to history is great fun: if the weather had not been as bad, would the outcome have been radically different? To draw on the example widely used in discussing the chaotic features of the weather, does a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil affect the formation of a tornado in Texas a month later? As with all aspects of the chaos of war, identifying which aspects of any conflict counted most is the essence of the whole analysis. In the case of the weather, just how much the conditions favoured one side or the other is fearfully difficult to establish. As this book demonstrates, it is the defenders who generally benefit from adverse conditions, although inevitably fortune favours the brave. Durschmied puts the reader in the shoes of those who lived through the awful events he describes and tackles these difficult issues with verve and journalistic elan. (Kirkus UK)
Despite major improvements in collecting information and forecasting the weather, the 'factor of the unpredictable' is as real today, as it was in days when Noah was forced to set sail on the ark. Floods have drowned millions, droughts and famines have wiped out entire populations, frost has brought a sudden halt to invincible armies, and storms have sunk unsinkable armadas. When man comes to face nature's elements, it is not so much human incompetence as the uncertainty of the weather that leads on to disaster.

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Imprint: Hodder Paperback
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: 2001
Authors: Erik Durschmied
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 22mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 336
Edition: New Ed
ISBN-13: 978-0-340-76806-8
Barcode: 9780340768068
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LSN: 0-340-76806-1

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