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Natural disasters and Indian history

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

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/
Additional Information: © 2012 Oxford University Press India
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: 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
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2012 13:08
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/47079/

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