The Nightmare of Reason

The Nightmare of Reason

Philipp Blom

Long cold winters and short cool summers:
In the 17th century, Europe’s climate underwent a dramatic change.
Grain was scarce, and the economy and society lurched into a deep crisis.
The Little Ice Age gives us an idea of the severe disruptions that climate change triggers.

400 years ago, a God-given worldview that had been valid for centuries began to falter. With the help of enlightenment, science and technology people tried to free themselves from their dependency on nature.
In the guise of the merchant, scientist or scholar, citizens gained influence and power. A climate change marked the beginning of our modern world, which has today reached its limits in provoking a renewed climate catastrophe. Philipp Blom unfolds a great historical panorama in which we recognize the challenges of the present.

One of the most important historians of our time about the origins of the modern world

By “the most elegant and most spirited storyteller of younger historians”
Angela Gutzeit, Frankfurter Rundschau

Climate change in the 17th century as a trigger of far-reaching social change

Current global warming demands adjustments from people that fundamentally change our lives

Philipp Blom, well-known through the TV series Der taumelnde Kontinent

Foreign Sales

France (Maison des Sciences de l'Homme), Italy (Marsilio), Netherlands (De Bezige Bij), Spain (Anagrama), UK (Macmillan), USA (Norton's Liveright)

The Nightmare of Reason

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