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Historical disaster research: state of research, concepts, methods and case studies

Historische Katastrophenforschung: Forschungsstand, Begriffe, Konzepte und Fallbeispiele
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Schenk, Gerrit Jasper

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Abstract "Disasters have always accompanied human history. Historical research on disasters is, however, a recent trend. After a short review of the engagement with disasters in Europe since antiquity, an outline is given of research approaches, concepts, methods and theories from social sciences and cultural studies, along with recent historical research of primarily natural disasters. The present volume presents the research approach and papers of the DFG's network of young academics 'Historical disaster research with a view to comparative cultural study' (Historische Erforschung von Katastrophen in kulturvergleichender Perspektive), situating them in the history of this field of investigation. It deals with the findings, opportunities and future lines of research into historical disasters with a view to developing a cross-disciplinary and comparative cultural approach." (author's abstract)
Keywords disaster; natural disaster; research topic; research approach; historical analysis; interdisciplinary research
Classification General History; Social History, Historical Social Research
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 9-31
Journal Historical Social Research, 32 (2007) 3
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works