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Inventing disaster : the culture of calamity from the Jamestown colony to the Johnstown flood /
Cynthia A. Kierner.
edition
First edition.
imprint
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2019]
description
xiii, 285 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781469652511 (cloth : alk. paper), 9781469652528 (ebook)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2019]
isbn
9781469652511 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781469652528 (ebook)
contents note
Devastation without disaster -- Narrating disaster -- Catastrophe in an age of Enlightenment -- Benevolent empire -- Disaster nation -- Exploding steamboats and the culture of calamity.
abstract
"When hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and other disasters strike, we count our losses, search for causes, commiserate with victims, and initiate relief efforts. Amply illustrated and expansively researched, 'Inventing Disaster' explains the origins and development of this predictable, even ritualized, culture of calamity over three centuries, exploring its roots in the revolutions in science, information, and emotion that were part of the Age of Enlightenment in Europe and America"--
catalogue key
13002128
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.

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