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The First Cold War

The Environmental Lessons of the Little Ice Age

Author: Deborah R. Coen
March/April 2014
Foreign Affairs


Global Crisis: War, Climate Change, and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century. By Geoffrey Parker. Yale University Press, 2013, 904 pp. $40.00.

Reflecting on the "misery and misfortune" he had witnessed during the Thirty Years' War, Caspar Preis, a German farmer, was sure that "no one living in a better age would believe it."

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