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Cultural Histories, Memories and Extreme Weather : A Historical Geography Perspective - Georgina H. Endfield

Cultural Histories, Memories and Extreme Weather

A Historical Geography Perspective

By: Georgina H. Endfield (Editor), Lucy Veale (Editor)


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Extreme weather events, such as droughts, strong winds and storms, flash floods and extreme heat and cold, are among the most destructive yet fascinating aspects of climate variability. Historical records and memories charting the impacts and responses to such events are a crucial component of any research that seeks to understand the nature of events that might take place in the future. Yet all such events need to be situated for their implications to be understood.

This book is the first to explore the cultural contingency of extreme and unusual weather events and the ways in which they are recalled, recorded or forgotten. It illustrates how geographical context, particular physical conditions, an area's social and economic activities and embedded cultural knowledges and infrastructures all affect community experiences of and responses to unusual weather. Contributions refer to varied methods of remembering and recording weather and how these act to curate, recycle and transmit extreme events across generations and into the future. With international case studies, from both land and sea, the book explores how and why particular weather events become inscribed into the fabric of communities and contribute to community change in different historical and cultural contexts.

This is valuable reading for students and researchers interested in historical and cultural geography, environmental anthropology and environmental studies.

1. Introduction: Climate, weather events and culture Georgina Endfield and Lucy Veale 2. A temporal and spatial approach on the memory of hurricanes and typhoons Cary Mock 3. 'May God bridge Afon Tywi': flood memories and perceptions recorded in Welsh medieval poetry Hywel M. Griffiths, T. Eurig Salisbury and Stephen Tooth 4. A collective memory for the extreme weather phenomena. When non-scientific sources speak for floods and droughts in Greece George Vlahakis 5. Remembering in God's name: the role of the church and community institutions in commemorating floods Alexander Hall 6. Extreme weather and the growth of charity: the shipwrecked fishermen and Mariners' Royal Benevolent Society, 1839-1914 Cathryn Pearce 7. Learning to say "Phew" instead of "Brrr": social change and the summer of 1976 Ian Waites 8. On the home front: Australians and the 1914 drought Ruth Morgan 9. Afterword James Roger Fleming and Vladimir Jankovic

ISBN: 9781138207653
ISBN-10: 1138207659
Series: Routledge Research in Historical Geography
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 174
Published: 29th August 2017
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39