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Volume 15

Environment in History: International Perspectives

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Changes in the Air

Hurricanes in New Orleans from 1718 to the Present

Eleonora Rohland

304 pages, 2 figures, 6 maps, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-931-8 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Not Yet Published (October 2018)

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Hurricanes have been a constant in the history of New Orleans. Since before its settlement as a French colony in the eighteenth century, the land entwined between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River has been lashed by powerful Gulf storms that have wrought immeasurable loss and devastation, prompting near-constant reinvention and ingenuity on the part of its inhabitants. Changes in the Air offers a rich and exhaustively researched history of how hurricanes have shaped and reshaped New Orleans from the colonial era to the present day, focusing on how its residents have continually adapted to a uniquely unpredictable and destructive environment across more than three centuries.

Eleonora Rohland holds a doctorate from the Ruhr-University Bochum. She is an Assistant Professor at Bielefeld University and the author of Sharing the Risk: Fire, Climate, and Disaster—Swiss Re 1864–1906 (Crucible Books, 2011).

Subject: Environmental Studies General History Urban Studies
Area: North America


List of Figures and Maps

Introduction: Hurricane Katrina and the Future of the Past

List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1. “Hurricane Knowledge” and “Hurricane Science” in Past and Present
Chapter 2. Environmental Learning and Path Dependence
Chapter 3. Moving Out of Harm’s Way
Chapter 4. Disaster and Social Order
Chapter 5. Hurricanes vs. “Mass Idleness”
Chapter 6. To Mandate or Not to Mandate…
Chapter 7. Adaptive Practices, Past and Present


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