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Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy Volume 120, 2020 (Print Copy) (Special Issue: Climate and Society)

by James Kelly
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Published date

22 March 2021

Frequency: 1 Annually

ISSN: 0035-8991

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Edited by: James Kelly and Tomás Ó Carragáin

Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy is a peer-reviewed journal which publishes original research papers primarily in the fields of archaeology and history, but also welcomes submissions on aspects of culture, including material culture, from the perspectives of other disciplines, as well as submissions in Celtic Studies and literature.

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1. Introduction: Constructing the history of climate and society in Ireland (pp. i-x)
James Kelly and Tomás Ó Carragáin

2. Climate change and hunter gatherers in Ireland: problems, potentials and pressing research questions (pp. 1-22)
Graeme Warren

3. Tracing environmental, climatic and social change in Neolithic Ireland (pp. 23-50)
Meriel McClatchie and Aaron Potito

4. A question of scale? A review of interpretations of Irish peatland archaeology in relation to Holocene environmental and climate change (pp. 51-81)
Phil Stastney

5. Siccitas magna ultra modum: examining the occurrence and societal impact of droughts in Prehistoric Ireland (pp. 83-104)
Gill Plunkett, David M. Brown and Graeme T. Swindles

6. On the brink of Armageddon? Climate change, the archaeological record and human activity across the Bronze Age–Iron Age transition in Ireland (pp. 105-128)
Benjamin Gearey, Katharina Becker, Rosie Everett and Seren Griffiths

7. Cultural change and the climate record in final prehistoric and early medieval Ireland (pp. 129-158)
Lisa Coyle McClung and Gill Plunkett

8. Climate, disease and society in late-medieval Ireland (pp. 159-252) FREE
Bruce M.S. Campbell and Francis Ludlow

9. Climate, weather and social change in seventeenth-century Ireland (pp. 253-271)
Raymond Gillespie

10. Climate, weather and society in Ireland in the long eighteenth century: the experience of the later phases of the Little Ice Age (pp. 273-324)
James Kelly

11. ‘Nature herself seems in the vapours now’: poetry and climate change in Ireland 1600–1820 (pp. 325-347)
Lucy Collins

12. Seeing the natural world: Comhbhá an Dúlra (pp. 349-364)
Máire Ní Annracháin

13. Reconstruction of hydrological drought in Irish catchments (1850–2015) (pp. 365-390)
Simon Noone and Conor Murphy

14. Climate and society in modern Ireland: past and future vulnerabilities (pp. 391-409)
John Sweeney

About the author

James Kelly

James Kelly, MRIA, is Cregan Professor of History, and head of the School of History and Geography at Dublin City University. He was previously head of the History Department at St Patrick's College, Drumcondra. He has written extensively on eighteenth-century Irish history. His publications include Prelude to Unions: Anglo-Irish politics in the 1780s (Cork University Press, 1992); That damn's thing called Honour: Duelling in Ireland, 1570-1860 (Cork University Press, 1995); Henry Flood: patriots and politics in eighteenth-century Ireland (University f Notre Dame Press, 1998); Poynings’ law and the making of Law in Ireland, 1660-1800 (Irish Legal History Society, 2007); Sir Richard Musgrave, 1746-1818,ultra-Protestant  ideologue (Four Courts Press, 2009); Poynings' Law and the making of law in Ireland, 1660-1800 (Dublin, 2006) and Proceedings of the Irish House of Lords, 1771-1800 (3 vols, Dublin, 2008). Clubs and societies in eighteenth century Ireland (edited with M.J. Powell) (Four Courts Press, 2010); Sport in Ireland 1600-1840 (Four Courts Press, 2014), and The proclamations of Ireland, 1660-1820 (5 vols, Irish Manuscripts Commission, 2014). He is currently president of the Irish Economic and Social History Society, and a member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission. He has served as co-editor of Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, section C since 2008.