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An imperial disaster : the Bengal cyclone of 1876

Author: Benjamin Kingsbury
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The storm came on the night of 31 October. It was a full moon, & the tides were at their peak; the great rivers of eastern Bengal were flowing high & fast to the sea. In the early hours the inhabitants of the coast & islands were overtaken by an immense wave from the Bay of Bengal - a wall of water that reached a height of 40 feet in some places. The wave swept away everything in its path, drowning around 215,000  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Kingsbury
ISBN: 9780190942946 0190942940
OCLC Number: 1088715574
Notes: Previously issued in print: 2018.
Target Audience: Specialized.
Description: 1 online resource : maps (black and white)
Responsibility: Benjamin Kingsbury.

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The storm came on the night of 31 October. It was a full moon, & the tides were at their peak; the great rivers of eastern Bengal were flowing high & fast to the sea. In the early hours the inhabitants of the coast & islands were overtaken by an immense wave from the Bay of Bengal - a wall of water that reached a height of 40 feet in some places. The wave swept away everything in its path, drowning around 215,000 people. At least another 100,000 died in the cholera epidemic & famine that followed. It was the worst calamity of its kind in recorded history. Such events are often described as 'natural disasters'. This text turns that interpretation on its head, showing that the cyclone of 1876 was not simply a 'natural' event, but one shaped by all-too-human patterns of exploitation & inequality - by divisions within Bengali society, & the enormous disparities of political & economic power that characterized British rule.

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