Thursday, March 03, 2016

Podcast of the week

There is an Ottoman history podcast that tells stories from a Turkish perspective. Most are about history but some have cultural aspects too.

This week's episode: How a volcano in Iceland affected the Ottoman empire.

During the late eighteenth century, a series of volcanic eruptions at a site called Laki in Iceland created climatic effects that spanned the entire globe.
In this episode, Alan Mikhail shares his research on the impacts of these eruptions on the agrarian economy of Ottoman Egypt through an explanation of the localized climatic and environmental effects of Laki on the Nile River.
We discuss how climatic events shape or accelerate historical processes and explore how climate history can serve as a means of thinking about unseen connections between different world regions.

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