I first became aware of weather as a political factor while a college student. As a history major, I studied the French Revolution, largely caused by a drought that ruined grain harvests in France the years just before it began in 1789. Prior to that, I learned of the very cold 18th century winters that froze the Thames in London and forced George Washington to battle ice floes as he crossed the Delaware RIver on Christmas Eve 1776 on his way to defeat the Hessians at Trenton. I soon learned that these atmospheric conditions were caused by what has come to be known as the Little Ice Age. Climate scientists have now counted 18 such Little Ice Ages and are now describing the onset of the 19th. Click the link below to read the details -Keep Warm.
Today is Bastille Day, commemortating that day in 1789 when the Bastille, a fortress built in 1370, was attacked to obtain gunpowder and cannon to defend the mob against the King’s Army. This is the event that began the French Revolution that reached its peak in brutality with the Terror in 1793 with executions via the guillotine. It is said that possiblly 20,000 victims were executed. In these times, being suspect was enough to condemn. Early political correctness gone amok.
Have some knowledge of Bastille Day and the French Revolution is important. Crane Brinton in “Anatomy of Revolution” explains revolution by looking at revolutions in France in detail, but also Russia, England and our own revolution in 1775. All are different and the differences are critical. Our revolution, for example, never had a terror.
Take a look at this article and look at Brinton’s book. Happy Bastille Bay or VIve L’France.