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Nature and Culture

John Withington

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Reaktion Books
19 September 2016
Series: Earth
Storms affect our lives in many remarkable and powerful ways. Gales, hurricanes, cyclones, blizzards, tornados, hail and sand and dust storms regularly demonstrate the awesome power of nature that all of us experience in some form. But what causes them? What role have they played in our history, religion and the arts? And will climate change make them even more destructive?

This strikingly illustrated book takes an in-depth and unique look at the nature of storms and their impact on our lives. It shows how storms have changed the course of history, playing a decisive role in major battles and momentous revolutions from Roman times to the modern day. It describes the deadliest storms in history, such as the Bangladesh cyclone of 1970 that killed perhaps a million people, and explains how humans have tried to control storms through religion, superstition and science. Despite their potent ability to cause destruction, storms also benefit humanity.

Storm also describes the major role they have played in the arts, from Shakespeare's plays to novels such as Robinson Crusoe and famous works of art by Rembrandt, Constable, Monet, Munch and Turner.
By:   John Withington
Imprint:   Reaktion Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 148mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   408g
ISBN:   9781780236612
ISBN 10:   1780236611
Series:   Earth
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   19 September 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John Withington is an award-winning television journalist and one of Britain's leading disaster historians. He is the author of Flood: Nature and Culture (Reaktion, 2013), A Disastrous History of the World (2008) and London's Disasters (2011).

Reviews for Storm: Nature and Culture

Beautifully illustrated, this is a lively and informative study of the power of nature, and a reminder--for all of humanity's industrial and military might--that in a straight fight between elemental weather forces and ourselves, the weather will win every time. --Eastern Daily Press Storm is not a scientific treatise but a scientific, social, and cultural overview of the natural phenomena of influential storms throughout the course of history. Withington (an award-winning journalist and a historian) divides his book into aspects of different human interactions with storms. . . . Beautifully illustrated with many color photographs and art reproductions, Storm could serve as a basic introduction to the phenomena, history, and effects of notable storms ranging from sandstorms to blizzards to hurricanes, dating as far back as 524 BC. . . . It will be of great interest to a wide variety of readers. Recommended. --Choice

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