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Living Under the Shadow - Cultural Impacts of Volcanic Eruptions (Electronic book text)
Living Under the Shadow - Cultural Impacts of Volcanic Eruptions (Electronic book text): John Grattan, Robin Torrence
Living Under the Shadow - Cultural Impacts of Volcanic Eruptions (Electronic book text): John Grattan, Robin Torrence

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John Grattan, Robin Torrence

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Popularist treatments of ancient disasters like volcanic eruptions have grossly overstated their capacity for death, destruction, and societal collapse. Contributors to this volume-from anthropology, archaeology, environmental studies, geology, and biology-show that human societies have been incredibly resilient and, in the long run, have often recovered remarkably well from wide scale disruption and significant mortality. They have often used eruptions as a trigger for environmental enrichment, cultural change, and adaptation. These historical studies are relevant to modern hazard management because they provide records for a far wider range of events and responses than have been recorded in written records, yet are often closely datable and trackable using standard archaeological and geological techniques. Contributors also show the importance of traditional knowledge systems in creating a cultural memory of dangerous locations and community responses to disaster. The global and temporal coverage of the research reported is impressive, comprising studies from North and Central America, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific, and ranging in time from the Middle Palaeolithic to the modern day.

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Imprint: Routledge
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: June 2016
First published: 2008
Editors: John Grattan • Robin Torrence
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 320
ISBN-13: 978-1-315-42514-6
Barcode: 9781315425146
Categories: Promotions
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LSN: 1-315-42514-9

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