As part of a public lecture series on
The History of Climate Change and the Future of Global Governance
The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative Presents:
Distinguished University Professor and Andreas Dorpalen Professor of European History at
The Ohio State University
“Climate and Crisis: War, Famine, and Empires in the 1590s”
Moderated by Professor Matthew Connelly, Columbia University
Thursday, May 30 at 6:00 p.m.
15th Floor, International Affairs Building
This event is free and open to the public. For more information and a full
schedule of events, visit http://globalstrategy.columbia.edu/lectureseries/.
Geoffrey Parker was born in Nottingham, England, in 1943 and holds BA, MA, Ph.D. and Litt.D. degrees from Cambridge University. He is Distinguished University Professor and Andreas Dorpalen Professor of European History at The Ohio State University and an Associate of its Mershon Center.
His best-known book, The military revolution. Military innovation and the rise of the West 1500-1800 (Cambridge, 1988; revised edition 1996), won the “Best Book” award from the American Military Institute and the “Dexter Prize” from the Society for the History of Technology. The Grand Strategy of Philip II (Yale University Press, 1998; paperback edition 2000) won the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize from the Society of Military History. His biography, Philip II (1978), is now in its fourth edition (Chicago, 2002) with translations into Spanish (multiple editions since 1984), Czech, Dutch, Italian and Polish; and in 2010 Editorial Planeta of Barcelona published a much expanded life of the king, modestly entitled Felipe II: la biografía definitive and covering 1383 pages. It is now in its fifth printing. In 2013, Yale University Press published Global Crisis war, climate change and catastrophe in the seventeenth century (902 pages), which examines the fatal synergy between climate change, on the one hand, and political, social and economic developments, on the other, that eliminated perhaps one-third of the global population between 1618 and the 1680s.
Parker’s other books include The Army of Flanders and the Spanish Road: The logistics of Spanish victory and defeat in the Low Countries Wars, 1567-1659 (Cambridge, 1972; revised edition 2004); The Dutch Revolt (revised edition, New York, 1984); two collections of essays, Spain and the Netherlands, 1559-1659. Ten studies (revised edition, London, 1990), and Success is never final: empire, war and faith in early modern Europe (New York: Basic Books, 2002); and The Spanish Armada, co-authored with his former doctoral advisee Colin Martin (1988; revised edition 1999). All have been translated into Spanish.
In total, since 1970 he has written, edited or co-edited 37 books and published over 100 articles and book chapters, and almost 200 book reviews. He is currently at work on a biography of the Emperor Charles V (1500-58), based in part on previously unknown documents that he identified in the Library of the Hispanic Society of America.
He has also presented more than 200 lectures at universities and conferences in America (North and South), Europe and Japan, and directed or co-directed 30 doctoral theses to completion, with three more in progress. At Ohio State, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on European and military history.
In 1984, Parker was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, the highest award open to scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Britain; he is also a fellow of the Royal Hispanic-American Academy of Spain and of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. In 1992, the King of Spain made him a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic in recognition of his work on Spanish history. He holds honorary degrees from the Vrije Universiteit, Brussels (1991), the Katholieke Universiteit Brussels (2005), and from the University of Burgos (2010). He has held both a John Simon Guggenheim and a Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2006 he won an Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching at The Ohio State University; in June 2007 he became a Distinguished University Professor, OSU’s highest honor for faculty; and in 2012 the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences awarded him the A. H. Heineken Prize for History.