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The big ones : how natural disasters have shaped us (and what we can do about them) / Dr Lucy Jones.

By: Jones, Lucile M [author.].
Publisher: London : Icon, 2018Description: viii, 244 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 22 cm.Content type: text | still image | cartographic image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781785784361 (pbk.) :.Subject(s): Natural disasters -- History | SocietyDDC classification: 363.3409 Summary: When the forces that give our planet life exceed our ability to withstand them, they become disasters. Together they have shaped our cities and architecture, elevated leaders and toppled governments, influenced the way we think, feel, fight, unite and pray. The history of natural disasters is a history of ourselves. This book investigates some of the most impactful natural disasters, and how their reverberations are still felt today - from a volcanic eruption in Pompeii challenging and reinforcing prevailing views of religion, through the California floods of 1862 and the limitations of memory, to what Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 tsunami can tell us about governance and globalisation.
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When the forces that give our planet life exceed our ability to withstand them, they become disasters. Together they have shaped our cities and architecture, elevated leaders and toppled governments, influenced the way we think, feel, fight, unite and pray. The history of natural disasters is a history of ourselves. This book investigates some of the most impactful natural disasters, and how their reverberations are still felt today - from a volcanic eruption in Pompeii challenging and reinforcing prevailing views of religion, through the California floods of 1862 and the limitations of memory, to what Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 tsunami can tell us about governance and globalisation.

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