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By: Dominik Collet(Editor), Maximilian Schuh(Editor)
269 pages, 30 colour & 11 b/w illustrations
This highly interdisciplinary book studies historical famines as an interface of nature and culture. It brings together researchers from the natural and social sciences as well as the humanities. With reference to recent interdisciplinary concepts (disaster studies, vulnerability studies, environmental history) it examines how the dominant opposition of natural and cultural factors can be overcome. Such an integrated approach includes the "archives of nature" as well as "archives of man". It challenges deterministic models of human-environment interaction and replaces them with a dynamic, historicising approach. As a result it provides a fresh perspective on the entanglement of climate and culture in past societies.
I. The Archives of Nature
II. Case Studies: Europe
III. Case Studies: Africa and Asia
IV. Coping and adapting
V. Perceiving Hunger
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