Tutor: Miles Taylor
Module type: Comparative Histories
Module Code: HIS00073H
Extreme weather may be the work of nature, but it is men and women who have to deal with its consequences. From the supposed eruption of Santorini and the submergence of Atlantis in c. 1700BC through to New Jersey’s Hurricane ‘Sandy’ in 2012, human societies have responded to natural disasters in a variety of ways and with a range of results. Volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, fires, avalanches, cyclones and heat-waves have all shaped and reshaped history but in remarkably different ways at different times. This course examines through primary and secondary sources how humankind has imagined and feared, anticipated and ignored, and extinguished and mopped up natural disasters across two millennia.
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