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Catastrophe, Gender and Urban Experience, 1648–1920 (Hardcover)
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This volume concentrates on the shift from premodern to modern from the perspective of the increasing presence of catastrophes in European imagination and everyday life, and aims to address the history of catastrophes in Europe between the mid-seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries specifically from an urban point of view. As Enlightenment notions of the knowable and scientific predictability and progress became paramount in the mind set of Europe, catastrophes--notably the Lisbon earthquake of 1755--shook much of Europe to the core, and challenged the new world view with dramatic impact. The volume ends with another key catastrophe, the First World War, which similarly led to questioning many of the assumptions of progress and almost-complacency which had marked much of the previous century.