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

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McFarland, Jan 22, 2009 - Political Science - 399 pages
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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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Contents

A Brief History of the Modern World
9
Volcanoes
31
Earthquakes
72
Environmental Changes
112
Tropical Cyclones
159
Floods and Tsunamis
206
Famines
254
Disease
297
Conclusion
370
Bibliography
377
Index
385
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About the author (2009)

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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