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Brian M. Fagan's The Little Ice Age is a fascinating general history of Europe that focuses on the role of climate change (specifically, the five and a half centuries of extreme cold and unsettled weather that affected Northern Europe from 1300 to 1850.) The book is strongest when Fagan focuses the early parts about the Medieval Warm Period and the abrupt changes in that occurred in the 14th century; the later chapters are more cursory, although the history of agriculture in 18th century France and the failure of grain harvests in the late 1780s provided a fascinating background to the French Revolution. This is a kind of historical writing that I love because it is about the lives of the majority of individuals, rather than the "great man" school of history that focuses on a few exceptional individuals. I think it's safe to say that the lives of peasants in medieval Europe were indeed "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short" - a welcome corrective to a sometimes romanticized view of the past.