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Natural Hazards and Peoples in the Indian Ocean World

Bordering on Danger

  • Greg Bankoff
  • Joseph Christensen

Part of the Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies book series (IOWS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Greg Bankoff, Joseph Christensen
    Pages 1-30
  3. James Francis Warren
    Pages 105-141
  4. Greg Bankoff, Joseph Christensen
    Pages E1-E2
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 313-318

About this book


This book examines the dangers and the patterns of adaptation that emerge through exposure to risk on a daily basis. By addressing the influence of environmental factors in Indian Ocean World history, the collection reaches across the boundaries of the natural and social sciences, presenting case-studies that deal with a diverse range of natural hazards – fire in Madagascar, drought in India, cyclones and typhoons in Oman, Australia and the Philippines, climatic variability, storms and flood in Vietnam and the Philippines, and volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis in Indonesia. These chapters, written by leading international historians, respond to a growing need to understand the ways in which natural hazards shape social, economic and political development of the Indian Ocean World, a region of the globe that is highly susceptible to the impacts of seismic activity, extreme weather, and climate change. 


natural disasters in the Indian Ocean word climatic shifts extreme weather seismic activity global warming

Editors and affiliations

  • Greg Bankoff
    • 1
  • Joseph Christensen
    • 2
  1. 1.University of HullHullUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Murdoch UniversityPerthAustralia

About the editors

Greg Bankoff is Professor of Modern History at the University of Hull, United Kingdom. He has worked and published extensively on both the historical dimension of how societies adapt to risk as well as engaged with contemporary civil defence and emergency management practices in Asia, Australasia and more recently in Europe. His most recent publications include co-authoring The Red Cross’s World Disaster Report 2014: Culture and Risk and a companion coedited volume entitled Cultures and Disasters: Understanding Cultural Framings in Disaster Risk Reduction (2015).


Joseph Christensen is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, Australia, where he works in the fields of maritime and environmental history. He obtained a BA and PhD from the University of Western Australia. He is co-editor of Historical Perspectives of Fisheries Exploitation in the Indo-Pacific (2014).

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