How natural disasters have shaped us and what we can do about them? by Lucy Jones. She looks at some of history’s most influential natural disasters, assesses their impact on our culture and proposes new ways of thinking about the ones to come.
Jones offers a bracing look at some of the world’s greatest natural disasters whose reverberations we continue to feel today.
At Pompeii, Jones explores how a volcanic eruption in the first century AD challenged prevailing views of religion and examines the California floods of 1862 and the limits of human memory.
The book probes more recent events such as: the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 and the American hurricanes of 2017, to illustrate the potential for globalization to humanize and heal.
With population in hazardous regions growing and temperatures around the world rising, the impacts of natural disasters are greater than ever before, ”Big Ones” is a call to action natural hazards are inevitable; human catastrophes are not. With this energising and richly researched book. Jones offers a look at our past readying us to face down the ”Big Ones” in our future.