Cities and Catastrophes Villes Et Catastrophes

Cities and Catastrophes Villes Et Catastrophes : Coping with Emergency in European History Reactions Face a L'urgence Dans L'histoire Europeenne

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Catastrophes resulting from natural causes like earthquakes, fires, and floods have destroyed significant parts of many cities in Europe and North America. Contributions to this volume explore how cities experienced these disasters, how cities coped with the emergency, and how they tried to make sense of what had happened. To illuminate common themes, the book includes examples from Poland, France, Italy, Germany, Finland, Greece, Great Britain, and its Caribbean colonies. Some cities never recovered while others managed to turn their physical destruction into an opportunity for spatial, economic, and political reform. Catastrophes have played an important role in urban history because they represent major turning points that shatter conventional aspirations and open new avenues of development. Essays are presented with abstracts in English, French and German.
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  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 12.7mm | 320g
  • Frankfurt a.M., Switzerland
  • English, French
  • New edition
  • Neuausg.
  • fig.
  • 3631371691
  • 9783631371695

Table of contents

Contents : G. Massard-Guilbaud: Introduction - The Urban catastrophe: Challenge to the social, economic, and cultural order of the city - U. Sowina: Les eaux qui charrient la mort et les désastres: inondations et pollution des eaux dans les villes polonaises aux XV e et XIV e siècles - J. Hays: Disease as Urban Disaster: Ambiguities and Continuities - G. Quenet: Villes et tremblements de terre sous le règne de Louis XIV: limites et réalités d'une mutation - M. Mulcahy: Urban Catastrophes and Imperial Relief in the Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic World: Three Case Studies - M. D'Angelo/M. Sajia: A City and two Earthquakes: Messina 1783-1908 - M. Hietala: Fear and Fires. Impact of fires on towns in Finland at the beginning of the 19th century - H. L. Platt: "The Hardest Worked River": The Manchester Floods and the Industrialization of Nature - D. Schott: One City - Three Catastrophes: Hamburg from the Great Fire 1842 to the Great Flood 1962 - C. Sillans: L'incendie dans les villes françaises du XIX e siècle: de la vulnérabilité à la maîtrise du phénomène - A. Yerolympos: Urban Space as "Field": Aspects of Late Ottoman Town Planning After Fires.
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About Genevieve Massard-Guilbaud

The Editors: Geneviève Massard-Guilbaud is Maître de conférence at Blaise-Pascal University (Clermont-Ferrand, France). Her current research deals with modern urban and environmental history. She is preparing a book on industrial pollution in French 19th century towns.
Harold L. Platt is Professor of History at Loyola University of Chicago. His research is on environmental history of British and American cities. He is finishing a book on the formation of industrial ecologies in Chicago and Manchester.
Dieter Schott is Professor for the History of Urban Planning at the University of Leicester, UK. He currently works on urban environmental history in Germany and Britain.
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