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Historical disaster experiences : towards a comparative and transcultural history of disasters across Asia and Europe

Author: Gerrit J Schenk
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2017] ©2017
Series: Transcultural research-- Heidelberg studies on Asia and Europe in a global context.
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Historical disaster research is still a young field. This book discusses the experiences different cultures, from Europe across the Near East to Asia, have of natural disasters. It focuses on the pre-industrial era and on the question of similarities, differences and transcultural dynamics in the cultural handling of natural disasters. Which long-lasting cultural patterns of perception, interpretation and handling  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Printed edition:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gerrit J Schenk
ISBN: 9783319491639 3319491636
OCLC Number: 978273265
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 436 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
Contents: Acknowledgments; Contents; Part I: State of Research, Concepts, and Methods; Historical Disaster Experiences: First Steps Toward a Comparative and Transcultural History of Disasters Across Asia and Europ...; Nature, Culture, and Disaster: Concepts, Research, and Questions; A Short Conceptual History of ``Disaster ́́and ``Catastrophe;́́ ``Cultures of Disaster? ́́Research and Questions; Historical Disaster Experiences: Genesis of the Volume; Learning from Disaster?; Hybridity of Historical Disasters: Nature, Society, and Power Transculturality of Historical Disasters: Governance and the Materialisation of Glocalisation``Historical Disaster Experiences: ́́Structure of the Book, Hypotheses, and Open Questions; Living with Hazard: Disaster Subcultures, Disaster Cultures and Risk-Mitigating Strategies; Cultures of Disaster; Disaster Subcultures; Disaster Cultures; Risk-Mitigating Strategies; Living with Hazard; Part II: Materiality of Disasters: Natural Impact, Social Experience; Several Natural Disasters in the Middle East (at the Beginning of the Eleventh Century) and Their Consequences; Introduction Different Kinds of Natural DisasterConsequences and Action Taken; Conclusion; Fanā and Fasād: Perceptions and Concepts of Crises and Disasters in Fourteenth-Century Egypt; Introduction; Fasād; Fanā; Conclusion; The Black Death and the Human Impact on the Environment; The Day the Sun Turned Blue: A Volcanic Eruption in the Early 1460s and Its Possible Climatic Impact-A Natural Disaster Percei...; 1466-70: Years Without Summer?; Flooding; The Quality of Wine; Grain Harvest and Dearth; Pestilence; Effects on Politics, Culture, and War; Pitfalls and Complications; Doubting the Volcanic Eruption Blue Sun and Black Rice in 1465: Global Events?Conclusion; Cultural Implications of Natural Disasters: Historical Reports of the Volcano Eruption of July, 1256 CE; Introduction; Sources; Abu Shāmaś Account; Other Accounts of the Volcanic Eruption; More Modern Historians Reflecting on the Events; Conclusion; When Europe Was Burning: The Multi-season Mega-drought of 1540 and Arsonist Paranoia; The Blaze of Einbeck; The Search for Culprits; The Spark of Sundsvall; Europeś Largest Natural Disaster; An Underestimated Record-breaking Event; The Meteorological Drought; The Hydrological Drought Year-long HeatAn Evidence-based Worst-case Scenario; Conclusion: Scapegoats of Climatic Extremes; Part III: Heaven and Earth: Searching for Reasons; ``Assur Will Suffer: ́́Predicting Disaster in Ancient Egypt; Text Samples; A) Papyrus Cairo 31222:; B) From Papyrus Vienna D 6278+; C) From Papyrus BM 10651 (Unpublished); D) Papyrus BM 10660 (Unpublished); E) Papyrus BM 10661 (Unpublished); ``Natural ́́Disasters in the Arabic Astro-meteorological Malama Handbooks; Introduction to the Malama Handbooks; Development of the Malama Genres; Popularity of the Astro-meteorological Malama
Series Title: Transcultural research-- Heidelberg studies on Asia and Europe in a global context.
Responsibility: Gerrit Jasper Schenk, editor.

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