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Of or relating to discrete stages of development: stadial theories of history.
A comparatively brief period of climatic cooling during an interglacial, often characterized by glacial advances.

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a stage in the development of a glacier, or a stage in a period of glaciation, when the temperature falls and more ice is formed
belonging or relating to a stadial
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Ultimately, in stadial theory, society does not materialize through men's careful calculations for a contract that best satisfies their drive for self-preservation, but in the family, the primordial cell of human dependence and affection.
A fundamental feature of the subaltern characters in Scott's novels is that they generally belong to a relatively earlier stage of human progress according to the eighteenth-century stadial theory (which is associated with Adam Smith's definition of the four stages theory of society, i.e.
Above all, with the exception of anti-Jewish thinking, which Hamburg certainly does take into account, he ignores the outcome that emerged from the Enlightenment narrative of progress and stadial theory as it was applied to imperial policy.
If this interpretation is correct, he may have been closer to Scottish stadial theory than he thought.
To justify his translations, he appealed to a universal stadial history that the Arabs could foreshorten by examining the causes of retardation in other cultures:
With each occurrence of cooling sea surface temperatures, every corresponding instance of changing air temperatures followed a similar sequence: a cooling that occurred in a span of hundreds to one thousand years, then a period of cold temperatures lasting for a few hundred years (called a "stadial"), then a swift warming of at least 3-6[degrees]C over a number of decades.
Syphilis represents an infection caused by Treponema Pallidum with a stadial evolution.
Spenser is writing here in the tradition of Gerald of Wales, who in the twelfth century had outlined a stadial theory of civilisation, arguing that 'man usually progresses from the woods to the fields, and from the fields to settlements and communities of citizens' while positioning the Irish on the bottom rungs of this schema:
Beforehand, evangelical ideas of human universality--the same ideas that had fostered the antislavery movement in Britain and across the Atlantic--had accompanied a monogenetic and stadial understanding of human progress (see Livingstone, 2008).