Invasions, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, bird flu – the world seems to get more dangerous by the day. Or does it? In this blog, I am going to be examining disasters in their historical context, and recalling some of the major disasters of the past. The first posts will begin this week.
I am the author of three histories of disasters – “The Disastrous History of London” (which appeared in hardback as “Capital Disasters”), “A Disastrous History of Britain”, and “A Disastrous History of the World” – the latest, which appeared in November. They provide a comprehensive account of the worst disasters to have afflicted mankind whether natural, like volcanic eruptions, hurricanes or disease; accidental such as fires or shipwrecks; or deliberately inflicted like wars, massacres or terrorism.
For further details, see my website http://www.disasterhistorian.com/index.html.