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Cindy Ermus

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Cindy Ermus is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, where ​she teaches courses on early modern Europe, the Age of Revolutions, and the history of disasters. ​Her work looks at catastrophe and crisis management in…

“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."