Iceland, Egypt, Istanbul, Climate
In June 1783, the Laki volcanic fissure, one of the largest volcanic discharges in recorded history, began erupting in Iceland. It would continue to do so for the next eight months. This lecture examines the impacts of the explosions on Ottoman Egypt and uses the climate history of Iceland and Egypt to analyze ways of doing global environmental history.
Dr. Alan Mikhail is Professor of History at Yale University. An environmental historian focusing on the history of empires and environments, he is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Roger Owen Award of the Middle East Studies Association, the Alice Hamilton Prize of the American Society for Environmental History, and the Ömer Lütfi Barkan Prize of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association. He is the author of The Animal in Ottoman Egypt (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt: An Environmental History(Cambridge University Press, 2011).