Climate Change, Disease and the History of Western Siberia in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods

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New research on climate change, which can lead to the outbreak of disease,
suggests that the earlier period of the Golden Horde experienced warmer climate with greater precipitation in the southern territories. Beginning 1280 there was a downturn in climate, leading to cooler temperatures and a shift of precipitation to the north. This paper discusses the possible ramifications of this change, including the spread of disease, in particular the Black Death. This paper then turns to the question of climate change in Western Siberia, asking whether it is possible to document these phenomena for Western Siberia. The paper offers an agenda for research on climate change and disease in Western Siberia. The paper concludes with the example of the campaigns in the south of Abulxayr as a response to the extreme downturn in climate in the 1430s, coinciding with the Schröder Minimum during the Little Ice Age.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationСибирские татары
Subtitle of host publicationМатериалы Всероссийского (с международным участием) симпозиума «Культурное наследие народов Западной Сибири: сибирские татары», посвященного 100-летию доктора исторических наук Фоата Тач-Ахметовича Валеева и 20-летию I Сибирского симпозиума «Культурное наследие народов Западной Сибири» (10–12 декабря 2018 г.)
EditorsЗ. А. Тычинских
Place of PublicationTobol'sk
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Climate change
  • disease
  • Golden Horde
  • Siberia
  • Little Ice Age

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