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New Book on Historical Disasters

Mar 09, 2012

Prof. Gerrit Jasper Schenk is one of the editors of the new book “Historical Disasters in Context.” The book takes a close look on the ways past societies dealt with threatening environments, how they transformed through such disaster experiences, and how they processed and communicated these experiences.

“Historical Disasters in Context: Science, Religion, and Politics” is a book about the impact disaster experiences had on societies, as well as on the development of modern sciences in the early modern era. Together with Andrea Janku and Franz Mauelshagen, Gerrit J. Schenk, Coordinator of the Cluster’s Research Project A6 “Cultures of Disaster,” compiled several articles about the strategies that were used by societies to deal with disasters, as well as the people’s consequential reactions and preparations for similar events in the future. The book does not only shed light on the differences in the behaviour of different groups, but also shows how disasters often resulted in commonalities and interactions between cultures. “Historical Disasters in Context” especially focuses on the realms of science, religion, and politics. Putting a special emphasis on the transcultural dimensions of catastrophes, the book examines topics such as communication processes about disasters between the United States and Asia, or the international character of phenomena like climate change.

“Historical Disasters in Context” was published in January 2012 by Routledge, a global publisher of academic books, journals and online resources in the humanities and social sciences.

Prof. Gerrit Jasper Schenk is an expert on disasters: At the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” he coordinates the Research Projects A6 “Cultures of Disaster” and D17 “Images of Disasters”. Furthermore, he is Director of the Department of History at the Technical University Darmstadt.

For further information on “Historical Disasters in Context,” visit the Website of Routledge.


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