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

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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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Editorial Reviews

Teaching History: A Journal of Methods
a very usable environmental manual...writing is engaging...could be a valuable resource...significantly relevant
Natural Hazards Observer
"a very enjoyable read, offering the tension and drama these hazards deserve."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786436552
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/22/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 399
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

A faculty member at Carnegie Mellon's branch campus in Qatar, Benjamin Reilly works primarily in the field of environmental history.

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Table of Contents


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




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