The Writing of Natural Disaster in Europe, 1500-1826: Events in Excess

Springer International Publishing AG
1 December 2022

The Writing of Natural Disaster in Europe, 1500-1826: Events in Excess

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This book explores reactions to and representations of natural disasters in early modern Europe. The contributors illustrate how the cultural production of the period - in manuals, treatises, sermons, travelogues and fiction - grappled with environmental catastrophe. Crucially, they interrogate how people in the early modern era rationalized and mediated the threat of events like plagues, great frosts, storms, floods and earthquakes. A vital contribution to environmental history, this book highlights the parallels between early modern responses to natural disaster and climate anxiety in our own era.

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