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Volcanic Eruptions, Climate Change, and Food Crises


A video to learn about the link between volcanic forcing of global climate and the English food crisis of 1258.

Students will learn and discuss topics in mediaeval economic history: the mega-eruption of the Samalas Volcano in Indonesia; its effects on global climate; the devastating consequences on weather, harvests, and food; and the resulting English food crisis in 1258

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the link between volcanic eruptions and global climate?
  2. What is the link between climate change and the English food crisis?
About Tool
Tool Name Global climates, the 1257 mega-eruption of Samalas Volcano, Indonesia, and the 1258 English food crisis
Discipline Humanities 
Topic(s) in Discipline History, Anthropology, Climate History, Disasters and Hazards, Food Security, English Food Crisis, Mediaeval History, Lithosphere, Volcanic Eruption 
Climate Topic Climate and the Anthroposphere; Climate and the Atmosphere, Climate and the Lithosphere, Disasters and Hazards, Climate and Food Security, Climate and Society 
Type of tool Video
Grade Level Undergraduate
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Bruce Campbell (The Queen’s University of Belfast) 
Hosted at Talk at Royal Historical Society 
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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