Coordinating for life. Success and failure of Western European societies in coping with rural hazards and disasters, 1300-1800
This project wants to better understand the factors that determine the extent to which a society is resilient to shocks and disasters. All societies are regularly confronted with disasters such as earthquakes, erosion, floods, hunger or war. While some are able to prevent such disasters, respond adequately, and recover quickly, others remain vulnerable and badly affected. Why is that the case? It has been demonstrated that wealth and technology alone are not sufficient factors which can prevent disasters. Factors relating to how society is organised also play a crucial role. This is the focus of research, in particular the strength of the society regarding the exchange, allocation and use of land, labour and capital. The researchers will study the various socio-economic factors in Western European societies from 1300 to 1800 in order to gain insight into the key determinants of the success or failure of society.
- Project leader: Prof. Bas van Bavel
- Participants: Daniel Curtis, Dr Tim Soens, Dr Eline van Onacker, Bram van Besouw
- Duration: 2014-2019
- Funding: European Research Council / ERC Advanced Grant