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Floods and Long-Term Water-Level Changes in Medieval Hungary


  • Offers a detailed, step-by-step overview of historical flood analysis, from original sources to reconstruction values

  • Includes exceptionally high-quality, contemporary and legal-administrative sources that have never before been applied in historical flood research

  • Presents comprehensive new evidence and results for the first Little Ice Age

  • Reveals an unknown story of medieval European floods and provides new tools for a better understanding of large-scale European (and Northern Hemispheric) processes


Part of the Springer Water book series (SPWA)

About this book


The book provides an overview of the floods and major hydrological changes that occurred in the medieval Hungarian kingdom (covering the majority of the Carpathian Basin) between 1000 and 1500 AD. The analysis was based on contemporary documentary evidence presented for the first time and the results of archaeological and scientific investigations. Beyond the evidence on individual flood events, the book includes a comprehensive overview of short-, medium-, and long-term changes detected in a hydrologically sensitive environment during the transition period between the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age. It also discusses the possible causes (including climate and human intervention) and the consequences for the physical and human environment, namely the related hydro-morphological changes, short- and long-term social response, and human perception issues.


Climate Variability and Change Flood History Little Ice Age Long-Term Water-Level Changes Medieval Carpathian Basin Medieval Floods Medieval Hungary Medieval Warm Period Physical and Social Impacts of Floods

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Hydrological Engineering and Water ResourcesVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria

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