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Natural disasters and Indian history

Roy, Tirthankar (2012) Natural disasters and Indian history. Oxford India short introductions series. OUP India, New Delhi, India. ISBN 9780198075370

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Indians have lived with a high risk of suffering famines, floods, and earthquakes. What did they do to rebuild their lives? Did the responses change over time? This short introduction is a fascinating study of the social and economic history of natural disasters in India. Analysing some of the greatest natural disasters from 1770 to 1935, the author argues that our understanding of such events depends on the timescale we adopt. In the short-run view, natural disasters destroy lives, property, and the rules of society. A long-run view, however, reveals a more silent and stable pattern of response. This book uncovers these silent processes, highlighting how disasters have enabled new understandings of nature, state, and society.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Oxford University Press India
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: N - Economic History > N5 - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment, and Extractive Industries > N55 - Asia including Middle East
Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics > Q5 - Environmental Economics > Q54 - Climate; Natural Disasters
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2012 13:08
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:58

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