Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context

Historical Disaster Experiences

Towards a Comparative and Transcultural History of Disasters Across Asia and Europe

Editors: Schenk, Gerrit Jasper (Ed.)

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  • Presents the first study on historical disaster experiences across Europe, the Near East and Asia in pre-industrial societies
  • Focuses on long-term processes for dealing with natural disasters and on cultural learning
  • Offers transcultural perspectives on historical disaster research
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Historical disaster research is still a young field. This book discusses the experiences of natural disasters in different cultures, from Europe across the Near East to Asia. It focuses on the pre-industrial era and on the question of similarities, differences and transcultural dynamics in the cultural handling of natural disasters. Which long-lasting cultural patterns of perception, interpretation and handling of disasters can be determined? Have specific types of disasters changed the affected societies? What have people learned from disasters and what not? What adaptation and coping strategies existed? Which natural, societal and economic parameters play a part? The book not only reveals the historical depth of present practices, but also reveals possible comparisons that show globalization processes, entanglements and exchanges of ideas and practices in pre-modern times.

About the authors

Gerrit Jasper Schenk (Dr. phil.) is professor of medieval history at Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany). He has taught at the universities of Heidelberg, Stuttgart and Essen and has held fellowships from the Gerda Henkel Foundation and the German Historical Institutes (Rome, Paris). He is an associated member of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” (University of Heidelberg). His main research interests are rituals, ceremonies, pilgrimage, environmental history, historical disaster research and urban history. Most recently he has coedited books on Historical Disasters in Context (2012), Krisengeschichte(n) (2013), Disaster as Image (2014) and Mensch. Natur. Katastrophe. Von Atlantis bis heute (2014).

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“This collection of 20 essays covers a variety of disasters … across a wide expanse of space and time, ranging from the 11th-century Middle East to 16th-century Europe and 20th-century India and Nepal. … The essays are generally of high quality, and several are excellent. Editor Schenk offers a useful introductory overview of the development of historical interest in disasters and key questions that have shaped the field in recent decades … . Summing Up: Recommended, Graduate and research libraries.” (M. Mulcahy, Choice, Vol. 55 (3), November, 2017)


Table of contents (20 chapters)

Table of contents (20 chapters)
  • Historical Disaster Experiences: First Steps Toward a Comparative and Transcultural History of Disasters Across Asia and Europe in the Preindustrial Era

    Schenk, Gerrit Jasper

    Pages 3-44

  • Living with Hazard: Disaster Subcultures, Disaster Cultures and Risk-Mitigating Strategies

    Bankoff, Greg

    Pages 45-59

  • Several Natural Disasters in the Middle East (at the Beginning of the Eleventh Century) and Their Consequences

    Rassi, Juliette

    Pages 63-79

  • Fanāʾ and Fasād: Perceptions and Concepts of Crises and Disasters in Fourteenth-Century Egypt

    Büssow-Schmitz, Sarah

    Pages 81-91

  • The Black Death and the Human Impact on the Environment

    Borsch, Stuart

    Pages 93-106

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Historical Disaster Experiences
Book Subtitle
Towards a Comparative and Transcultural History of Disasters Across Asia and Europe
Editors
  • Gerrit Jasper Schenk
Series Title
Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-49163-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-49163-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-49162-2
Series ISSN
2191-656X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 436
Number of Illustrations
77 b/w illustrations, 44 illustrations in colour
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