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History's Worst Disasters

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The world we live in is usually benign and forgiving, but on numerous occasions over the course of history it has also acted as a reminder of the precarious nature of our existence. Starting with the Cretaceous-Paleogene Extinction, author Eric Chaline takes you on a tour of humanity’s disasters, with triggers caused by nature as well as combined natural-human influences such as the HIV-AIDS pandemic and the Irish Famine, and even events dictated solely by human actions, such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill and ...

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Overview

The world we live in is usually benign and forgiving, but on numerous occasions over the course of history it has also acted as a reminder of the precarious nature of our existence. Starting with the Cretaceous-Paleogene Extinction, author Eric Chaline takes you on a tour of humanity’s disasters, with triggers caused by nature as well as combined natural-human influences such as the HIV-AIDS pandemic and the Irish Famine, and even events dictated solely by human actions, such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill and 9/11. The scope of History’s Worst Disasters is to go beyond cataloging death and destruction in order to examine the consequences of these terrible events.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435145832
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 7/24/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 271,214
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

A graduate of Cambridge University, Eric Chaline majored in Japanese History at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He is conducting doctoral research in sociology at London’s South Bank University. His previous publications include The Book of Gods and Goddesses: A Visual Dictionary of Ancient and Modern Deities, Traveler’s Guide to the Ancient World: Ancient Greece, History’s Worst Inventions and History’s Greatest Deceptions.

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