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  • Tags: Upheavals

The Enlightenment legacy is under siege. Defend it.

Linker defines Enlightenment legacies as "individualism, international commerce and trade, moral cosmopolitanism, freedom of the press and a culture of publicity, technological modernity, the valorization of expertise" and defends them against…

England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols and British Pun

The best overview of punk's emergence, with a focs on UK bit also taking in the US. Savage locates the impulses and aesthetics that informed punk in their historical context to explain why the culture(s) that developed still appear so resonant

Mapping the Republic of Letters

This website provides interactive, visual tools that depict the vast networks of people and information during the Enlightenment. Using archived letters, travel logs, and other resources, it depicts visually the routes traveled by letters, people,…

Cris sur le Bayou: Naissance d'une Poésie Acadienne en Louisiane

A number of works in this anthology of Cajun French poetry treat the expulsion of Acadian French settlers from Novia Scotia beginning in 1755, known as the Grand Dérangement. Many of the poems testify to the role this eighteenth-century displacement…

Oral histories of North and South American survivors of the atomic bombs

Consisting of fifty-six oral histories of survivors collected by Mexico-based artist Shinpei Takeda from 2005 to 2010, as well as seventy-three oral histories of U.S. survivors and their supporters collected by US historian Naoko Wake from 2010 to…

Hiroshima: Three Witnesses

Hiroshima: Three Witnesses is a translation of “atomic bomb literature,” created by three Japanese authors Ota Yōko, Hara Tamiki, and Toge Sankichi, all of whom survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in August 1945. As both a witness and a…

Hiroshima o mochikaetta hitobito: “Kankoku no Hiroshima ha naze umareta no ka (Bringing back Hiroshima: The birth of “Hiroshima in Korea”)

This book is about Korean survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Although little-known, approximately 1 in 10 people victimized by the bombs were Koreans who had come to Japan since the turn-of-the-century. Their history…

Half-Lives & Half-Truths: Confronting the Radioactive Legacies of the Cold War

This anthology reveals the still-unfolding legacies of the nuclear age. Focusing on on a range of locations including Marshall Islands, Hanford, US Southwest, Alaska, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Hiroshima, fifteen contributing anthropologists shed light…

Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats

Investigative journalism at its best, Full Body Burden tells a story of people and community in Rocky Flats near Denver, Colorado, where a secret nuclear power plant was a major site of employment in the region throughout the 1960s and 1970s.…

Mémorial Cap 110

Commemorates the victims of the 1830 shipwreck of a slave ship along the coast of Martinique, as well as other victims of the slave trade. Fifteen human figures stand in a triangular formation facing the sea, orientated at the exact latitude of the…

“De la percepción popular a la reflexión erudite: La transmisión de la ‘cultura de la catástrofe’ en la España del siglo XVIII”

In this article, Alberola argues that while the first formal reflections on the physical nature of disasters appeared in the philosophical and scientific works of the Classical era, it was in the eighteenth century that these environmental ideas took…

Hurricanes and Society in the British Greater Caribbean, 1624-1783

This text surveys the British Caribbean from 1624 through the calamitous hurricane season of 1780. Mulcahy examines the various natural hazards that the region was prone to, including food shortages and disease, but focuses his attention on…

This Gulf of Fire: The Great Lisbon Earthquake, or Apocalypse in the Age of Science and Reason

To date, the most complete, well-researched, and historically sound study on the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake – considered one of the most transformative "natural" disasters in history. Explores the urban, social, and political landscape of Lisbon (and…

A Natural History of Revolution: Violence and Nature in the French Revolutionary Imagination

Miller links the French Revolution and the violence of the Terror to eighteenth-century understandings of the natural world (for example, earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountains) by examining the rhetoric and writings of the revolutionaries themselves.…

L’invention de la catastrophe au xviiie siècle: du châtiment au désastre naturel

In the spirit of Starobinski's L'invention de la liberté, 1700-1789, essays in this edited volume consider the invention of "catastrophe" in the eighteenth century, i.e. the idea of catastrophe as a natural event and an aesthetic object was born in…

Dreadful Visitations: Confronting Natural Catastrophe in the Age of Enlightenment

Edited collection of six articles that explore eighteenth-century catastrophes around the globe. Studies consider questions of risk, vulnerability, resilience, colonialism, and the human role in creating "disasters."