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The assorted cultures of the Caribbean were formed as a lot through hurricanes as they've got via international relations, trade, or the legacy of colonial rule. during this panoramic paintings of social historical past, Stuart Schwartz examines how Caribbean societies have replied to the risks of hurricanes, and the way those harmful storms have encouraged the region's background, from the increase of plantations, to slavery and its abolition, to migrations, racial clash, and war.

Taking readers from the voyages of Columbus to the devastation of typhoon Katrina, Schwartz seems on the moral, political, and fiscal demanding situations that hurricanes posed to the Caribbean's indigenous populations and the various eu peoples who ventured to the recent global to use its riches. He describes how the USA supplied the version for responding to environmental threats while it emerged as an immense energy and started to exert its effect over the Caribbean within the 19th century, and the way the region's governments got here to imagine higher obligations for prevention and reduction, efforts that by way of the tip of the 20 th century have been being puzzled via free-market neoliberals. Schwartz sheds mild on catastrophes like Katrina through framing them inside of a protracted and contentious historical past of human interplay with the ordinary world.

Spanning greater than 5 centuries and drawing on large archival learn in Europe and the Americas, Sea of Storms emphasizes the continued position of race, social inequality, and monetary ideology within the shaping of our responses to average disaster.

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