Shocking history lessons: what disasters can teach us about the resilience of societies

Unique overview of the history of disasters

Cover boek Disasters and History

The Black Death, Fukushima, the flood disaster in Zeeland: what do these disasters and threats to a society mean? And what makes some societies more shock-resistant than others? Seven historians, including Bas van Bavel and Jessica Dijkman, took a close look at this, resulting in the book Disasters and History. It provides a historical overview of how societies have dealt with disasters over the centuries and analyses how social, economic and political conditions determined how societies reacted to threats. The lessons we can learn about the resilience of societies are perhaps more necessary than ever in the current corona crisis.

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