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The end is nigh : a history of natural disasters

Author: Henrik Svensen
Publisher: London : Reaktion Books, 2012.
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Spanning more than 2,000 years and many continents, this history of natural disasters includes the Lisbon earthquake of 1755; the San Francisco earthquake of 1906; the South Asian tsunami of 2004; and hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005; and explores many more. Instead of this book being a mere catalogue of the world's calamities, however, Henrik Svensen has selected incidents that have in some  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henrik Svensen
ISBN: 9781861898982 1861898983
OCLC Number: 756282634
Language Note: Translated from the Norwegian.
Notes: Originally published: 2009.
Description: 238 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: When climate becomes disaster --
On the edge of the Sahara --
Mythologies --
The day of the dead --
California: earthquake and culture --
Natural disasters in metropolis --
Among the high mountains and deep fjords --
Problem children --
The politics of disasters --
8Climatic disasters --
The tsunami --
Perilous nature --
Epilogue : where the devil lives in the ground --
Major natural disasters.
Other Titles: Enden er nær.
Responsibility: Henrik Svensen.

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Presenting results from many scientific disciplines, including geology, anthropology and sociology, The End is Nigh explores the global history of natural disasters whilst investigating how these  Read more...

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