By Erik Durschmied
As Erik Durschmied vividly describes in heart-stopping vignettes, the weather have prompted human historical past much more than the spear, bullet, or atomic bomb. Drawing upon huge learn, in addition to the author’s personal stories in Vietnam, The climate issue gives a desirable account of the inevitable collision among climate fronts and human conflict.
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The prince of Koryu and his people, feeling grateful towards US, have visited OUR country, and while the relation between US and them is that of Lord and vassal, its nature is as felicitous as that of a parent and child. Of this, no doubt, you are well aware. WE beg that thereafter you will establish friendly relations with US. Is it reasonable to refuse intercourse with each other? If not, it will lead to war, and who is there who likes such a state of things? Think of this, O King! The tone of Kublai Khan’s message so galled the Bakufu cast of samurai that the shogun had to step in and restrain them from putting the Mongol envoys to the sword.
A monster is born, bent on death and destruction. And lying directly in its path, that 14 August 1281, is the biggest armada ever to sail the seas; 3,500 ships, with hundreds of thousands of Mongol invaders aboard, all bound for the shores of Japan. China, centre of the universe, had always been divided into a Southern and a Northern Empire. In 1234, the Northern Kingdom of the Kin dynasty was overrun by the Mongol hordes of Genghis Khan,1 while the southern Empire of the 55 Sung resisted the Tartar onslaught until 1279, before it fell to Kublai Khan.
Counting on his vast military superiority, he blundered on blindly. Any commander committing such folly is guilty of gross negligence. While Arminius was aware of the tribun’s plans—his march route would lead him invariably through the Dörenschlucht (Dören Gorge)—Varus had no idea of the whereabouts of the Cherusci. On 9 September AD 9, Arminius put his plan into action. His tactic was to harass isolated forward and rear units, decimate 36 them and drive the main host deeper into the forest where they would be bereft of room for manoeuvre.
The Weather Factor: How Nature Has Changed History by Erik Durschmied