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History -- History Sunday Little Ice Age: Big Chill


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  • Producers: Hearst
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: A&E Television Networks
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CUB97U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,149 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Not so long ago, civilization learned that it was no match for just a few degrees drop in temperature. Scientists call it the Little Ice Age--but its impact was anything but small. From 1300 to 1850, a period of cataclysmic cold caused havoc. It froze Viking colonists in Greenland, accelerated the Black Death in Europe, decimated the Spanish Armada, and helped trigger the French Revolution. The Little Ice Age reshaped the world in ways that now seem the stuff of fantasy--New York Harbor froze and people walked from Manhattan to Staten Island, Eskimos sailed kayaks as far south as Scotland, and two feet of snow fell on New England in June and July during "the Year Without a Summer". Could another catastrophic cold snap strike in the 21st century? Leading climatologists offer the latest theories, and scholars and historians recreate the history that could be a glimpse of things to come. Face the cold, hard truth of the past--an era that may be a window to our future.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy E. on February 8, 2009
I just watched this program on the History Channel and was fascinated. In this age of interest and causes of climate change and the impact it can have on our lives, this program explains a lot. It talks about the impact on history and society and in the last 10 minutes addresses thoughts on the future. However, it has no difinitive causes(s) for the mini-ice age and shows there is much still to learn - and it gives no definite scenario to our future, just possibilities and potentials. Definitely a thought provoking program!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yvette D. Robinson on June 29, 2011
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I was so impressed with this program that I bought the DVD for my grandson. It underscores how intertwined weather and history truly are and makes the subject come to life. Well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By neicee on September 26, 2013
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also has the Black Death DVD in it. very good DVD. I will watch it again and again. gives a preview of what we might have to face by looking at the past.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey on February 26, 2011
I did like this documentary, especially because it did not continue rehashing same tired facts every fifteen or twenty minutes to bring the viewer up to date on current and relevant events it had already brought to our attention. Omitted certain important facts, however. Facts like the mini-ice age's responsibility for being the cause of the demise of the Viking civilization. And also the reason the island of Greenland, once a lush and fertile land overgrown with trees and grass and populated with people and animals during the great warming, has since become a barren wasteland covered in thick layers of ice and snow, incapable of supporting any type of plant or animal life. Otherwise, even though there are better books on the subject, for a video, it is a captivating documentary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KjG on June 12, 2012
When, oh when will I be able to watch this gem on Kindle Fire? This is one of the best wanna-watch-it-all-the-way-through documentaries I've ever seen.
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Amazing story of the Little Ice Age, about 1100-1850 AD. It followed the Great Warming that led to a flourishing of European civilization. Under this pretty well-documented theory, Greenland may not have been a Viking real estate scam. after all. The giant island may have a generous border of greenery that turned to ice, harmed fishing by driving ocean ice south, and blocked them from resupply, dooming the colony. It had other effects, for example, insuring that Americans grew up a beer-drinking rather than wine-drinking people. It also points out how the Year Without a Summer in the early 1800's resulted from this trend, compounded by major volcanoes...something that may have more impact on weather change than is usually credited. This History Channel special report is very illuminating.
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Saw this on the History channel recently ... immediately following the TV view went on line and ordered this DVD for my file. VERY interesting period in earths history ('who knew' experience watching it). Recommend
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