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Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity from the Jamestown Colony to the Johnstown Flood

Cynthia A. Kierner

Abstract

When hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and other disasters strike, we count our losses, search for causes, commiserate with victims, and initiate relief efforts. Amply illustrated and expansively researched, Inventing Disaster explains the origins and development of this predictable, even ritualized, culture of calamity over three centuries, exploring its roots in the revolutions in science, information, and emotion that were part of the Age of Enlightenment in Europe and America. Beginning with the collapse of the early seventeenth-century Jamestown colony, ending with the deadly Johnstown ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469652511
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652511.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cynthia A. Kierner, author
George Mason University