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Incest and the Habsburgs

It is a great pleasure to welcome Geoffrey Parker, Andreas Dorpalen Professor of European History at Ohio State University, back to the Centre for another special guest lecture. Geoffrey is a leading specialist in early modern Spain, military and global history. All welcome, followed by a wine reception to be held in the Wilkins Garden Room. More...

Starts: Oct 21, 2015 5:00:00 PM


The Centre's First Edited Volume

Due for publication by the end of this year a selection of some of the best work arising from the Centre's activities from Ashgate. See advert...

Big History

Publication date: Feb 12, 2014 11:33 AM

Start: Apr 28, 2014 05:00 PM

Location: Anatomy G29. JZ Young Lecture Theatre, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Global Crisis
  • Geoffrey Parker (Ohio State University), How not to write a global history of the 17th century
  • Respondents: Jonathan Holmes (UCL Geography) and Axel Korner (UCL History)

Held in conjunction with the Centre for Transnational History as part of their annual lecture series and the Centre for Research into the Dynamics of Civilization. Generously supported by the Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction.

In this lecture, Geoffrey Parker, Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History at The Ohio State University, will discuss his prize-winning book Global Crisis: war, climate change and catastrophe in the seventeenth century (Yale University Press, 2013), which traces the consequences for civilizations around the globe of the 17th century's 'Little Ice Age', when perhaps a third of the global human population perished. It will reflect on the challenges of writing 'big history' and what lessons if any can be learned from this spectacular early modern example of the most pressing problem facing the world today, climate change.