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Nature's Mutiny


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Table of Contents

    • Unit - 1: PROLOGUE: Winter Landscape
  • Chapter - 1: Life without Money
  • Chapter - 2: The Great Experiment
    • Unit - 2: "GOD HAS ABANDONED US": Europe, 1570-1600
  • Chapter - 3: A Monk on the Run
  • Chapter - 4: God's Wind and Waves
  • Chapter - 5: Harsh Frosts and Burning Sun
  • Chapter - 6: A Time of Confusion and a Fiery Mountain
  • Chapter - 7: Pilgrims and Their Hunger
  • Chapter - 8: Truth and Wine
  • Chapter - 9: Wine in Vienna
  • Chapter - 10: The Lights Go Out
  • Chapter - 11: Witches and Spoiled Harvests
  • Chapter - 12: The Truth in the Stars
  • Chapter - 13: Doctor Faustus
  • Chapter - 14: Infinite Worlds
  • Chapter - 15: The Tower of Books
    • Unit - 3: THE AGE OF IRON
  • Chapter - 16: Hortus Botanicus
  • Chapter - 17: Revolutionary Places
  • Chapter - 18: The City Devours Its Children
  • Chapter - 19: The Magic of Green Cheese
  • Chapter - 20: The Great Transformation
  • Chapter - 21: A Picture of the World
  • Chapter - 22: Idle Talk and Fabrications
  • Chapter - 23: A Warning and a Call to Repent
  • Chapter - 24: Tears Too Plentiful to Count
  • Chapter - 25: The Revolution of the Barrel of a Musket
  • Chapter - 26: Sell More to Strangers
  • Chapter - 27: The State as Machine
  • Chapter - 28: A Profitable Trade
  • Chapter - 29: The Curse of Silver
  • Chapter - 30: Officer, Retired
  • Chapter - 31: The Subversive Republic of Letters
  • Chapter - 32: Germanus incredibilis
  • Chapter - 33: Virtue in the Drowning Cell
  • Chapter - 34: Leviathan
  • Chapter - 35: An Inventory of Morality
  • Chapter - 36: The Madness of Crowds
  • Chapter - 37: The Antichrist
  • Chapter - 38: The Messiah and the Whore
  • Chapter - 39: The Fair on the Ice
  • Chapter - 40: The Face of Change
  • Chapter - 41: The Price of Change
  • Chapter - 42: Tapissier du roi
  • Chapter - 43: The Public Sphere and the Vices of Bees
  • Chapter - 44: The Floating Reverend
    • Unit - 5: EPILOGUE: Supplement to The Fable of the Bees
  • Chapter - 45: Songbirds, Wood Lice, and Corals
  • Chapter - 46: Freedom and Luxury
  • Chapter - 47: Inherited Compromises
  • Chapter - 48: New Metaphors
  • Chapter - 49: The Theology of the Market
  • Chapter - 50: The Market and the Fortress
      • Acknowledgements - i: Acknowledgments
      • Section - ii: Notes
      • Section - iii: Bibliography
      • Section - iiii: Illustration Credits
      • Index - v: Index

About the Author

Philipp Blom was born in 1970 in Hamburg and grew up in Detmold, in Germany. After university studies in Vienna and Oxford, he obtained a D.Phil in Modern History. He started writing at Oxford and published a novel as well as occasional journalism contributing to newspapers, magazines and radio programmes in Great Britain, the US, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, and France. In 2007 he settled in Vienna, where he continues to write nonfiction as well as fiction, films, and occasional journalism. He presents a cultural discussion programme on Austrian national radio and has lectured on history, philosophy, and cultural history in Europe, the US, and South America.


A book that skilfully creates a historical panorama, in such a gripping and thrillingly informative way that it's a joy. * Giessener Allgemeine Zeitung *
An exciting history book, and an educational one. * Stern *
A case study that connects the birth of the modern world with the climate change of the time. A fascinating panorama of a whole era. * Freie Presse *
An imposing panorama of politics, economics and intellectual history ... [Blom] has written an informative history of the early modern age, which also prompts us to think about the connections between climate and innovation. * Deutschlandfunk Andruck *
Drawing on rich sources, including diaries, letters, account ledgers, paintings, and religious sermons as well as data gleaned by climate historians and scientists, journalist and translator Blom creates a vivid picture of the European landscape during the Little Ice Age and of social, political, and cultural changes that may have been accelerated by climate change ... An absorbing and revealing portrait of profound natural disaster. * Kirkus Reviews *
A sweeping story, embracing developments in economics and science, philosophy and exploration, religion and politics. Blom delivers much of his argument through compressed, beautifully clear life sketches of prominent men. [...] Blom's hypothesis is forceful, and has the potential to be both frightening and, if you hold it up to the light at just the right angle, a little optimistic. The idea can be put like this: climate change changes everything -- John Lanchester * New Yorker *
Lively . . . an eye-catchingly grand thesis * Sunday Times *
Provocative . . . lively and intelligent * Literary Review *

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