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Citation

Mordechai L. Hum. Ecol. Interdiscip. J. 2018; 46(3): 323-333.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2018, Holtzbrinck Springer Nature Publishing Group)

DOI

10.1007/s10745-018-9971-4

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

This paper surveys a group of natural hazards such as droughts, earthquakes, epidemics, locusts, transient weather events, and volcanos, conceiving of all of them as belonging to a broader category of short-term cataclysmic events (SCEs). Although the event types differ in their primary effects, their secondary and tertiary effects disrupt premodern human societies in similar ways. The main types of SCEs are further examined in light of the three main groups of sources - historical, archaeological and climate proxies - together with references and examples.


Language: en

Keywords

Disasters; Epidemics; Famine; Natural hazards; Resilience

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