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Natural disasters, cultural responses : case studies toward a global environmental history

Author: Christof Mauch; Christian Pfister
Publisher: Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, ©2009.
Series: International environmental history.
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"This collection of essays testifies to the profound impact that earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and other such events have had on humans throughout history in every part of the world. Several contributors argue that the experience of catastrophe has changed humans' behavior and perceptions over time without necessarily reducing their degree of exposure or risk. The book includes case studies from Western Europe,  Read more...
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Natural disasters, cultural responses.
Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, ©2009
(DLC) 2008045289
(OCoLC)268952993
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christof Mauch; Christian Pfister
ISBN: 9780739134610 0739134612
OCLC Number: 467943139
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 382 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Contents: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Chapter 1: Learning from Nature-Induced Disasters; Chapter 2: Disaster and Political Culture in Germany since 1500; Chapter 3: Summer Frost; Chapter 4: Society and Natural Risks in France, 1500-2000; Chapter 5: Humanitarianism and Colonialism; Chapter 6: The Floods of Baghdad; Chapter 7: Interpreting Earthquakes in Medieval Islamic Texts; Chapter 8: Famine in Bengal; Chapter 9: "Heaven-Sent Disasters" in Late Imperial China; Chapter 10: Cultures of Disaster, Cultures of Coping; Chapter 11: The Paraná River Floods during the Spanish Colonial Period.
Series Title: International environmental history.
Responsibility: edited by Christof Mauch and Christian Pfister.

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