Historical Disaster Experiences

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

  • Gerrit Jasper Schenk

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. State of Research, Concepts, and Methods

  3. Materiality of Disasters: Natural Impact, Social Experience

  4. Heaven and Earth: Searching for Reasons

  5. Urban Experience: Earthquakes and Fires

  6. Frequent Experience and Adaptations: Floods and Landscapes of Defence

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 423-436

About this book


Historical disaster research is still a young field. This book discusses the experiences different cultures, from Europe across the Near East to Asia, have of natural disasters. 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 preMit bestem Dank im voraus-modern times.


Natural disaster Cultural History Environmental History Transcultural history Premodern societies Historical disaster research Globalisation

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerrit Jasper Schenk
    • 1
  1. 1.Fachgebiet Mittelalterliche GeschichteInstitut für GeschichteDarmstadtGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-49162-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-49163-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-656X
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-6578
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