Disaster and Human History: Case Studies in Nature, Society and Catastrophe

Disaster and Human History: Case Studies in Nature, Society and Catastrophe

by Benjamin Reilly
     
 

Natural disasters have played an integral role in human history. Volcanic eruptions have been credited with the fall of civilizations, pandemic diseases have affected multiple generations, and massive famines have killed or impoverished millions. But in many cases, "natural" disasters are anything but. Famines are almost invariably caused by or related to domestic

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Overview

Natural disasters have played an integral role in human history. Volcanic eruptions have been credited with the fall of civilizations, pandemic diseases have affected multiple generations, and massive famines have killed or impoverished millions. But in many cases, "natural" disasters are anything but. Famines are almost invariably caused by or related to domestic and international wars, diseases are either intentionally or unintentionally spread, and, while humans play little to no role in producing volcanoes and other earth phenomena, the impact of these events are worsened by human decisions.

This book examines the relationship between humanity and the natural environment through the lens of natural disasters, where the interaction comes into sharpest focus.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786436552
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/22/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
399
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1 A Brief History of the Modern World

2 Volcanoes

3 Earthquakes

4 Environmental Changes

5 Tropical Cyclones

6 Floods and Tsunamis

7 Famines

8 Disease

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

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