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Scientific disciplines have their own view on catastrophes. Here, natural scientists, engineers, physicians as well as historians and social scientists define and discuss geo-hazards and associated technical disasters, natural disasters as a business case, medicine and its catastrophes. After war aspects of the Shoah are described with Gershom Sholem ́s Concept of Jewish Totality, and the situation of Displaced Persons in Germany as well as the Nakba for Palestinians related to the happiness of Jews celebrating their new State of Israel. The book also reminds of Hamburg’s Flood Disaster in 1962, the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 and other historical catastrophes in Japan, the Lisbon earthquake in 1755 and the Age of Enlightenment, and the eruption of the Tambora in 1815 followed by the “year without summer”.
Author: Bretislav Friedrich
Release Date: 2017-11-26
This book is open access under a CC BY-NC 2.5 license. On April 22, 1915, the German military released 150 tons of chlorine gas at Ypres, Belgium. Carried by a long-awaited wind, the chlorine cloud passed within a few minutes through the British and French trenches, leaving behind at least 1,000 dead and 4,000 injured. This chemical attack, which amounted to the first use of a weapon of mass destruction, marks a turning point in world history. The preparation as well as the execution of the gas attack was orchestrated by Fritz Haber, the director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry in Berlin-Dahlem. During World War I, Haber transformed his research institute into a center for the development of chemical weapons (and of the means of protection against them). Bretislav Friedrich and Martin Wolf (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, the successor institution of Haber’s institute) together with Dieter Hoffmann, Jürgen Renn, and Florian Schmaltz (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) organized an international symposium to commemorate the centenary of the infamous chemical attack. The symposium examined crucial facets of chemical warfare from the first research on and deployment of chemical weapons in WWI to the development and use of chemical warfare during the century hence. The focus was on scientific, ethical, legal, and political issues of chemical weapons research and deployment — including the issue of dual use — as well as the ongoing effort to control the possession of chemical weapons and to ultimately achieve their elimination. The volume consists of papers presented at the symposium and supplemented by additional articles that together cover key aspects of chemical warfare from 22 April 1915 until the summer of 2015.
Author: Gisela M. A. Richter
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Release Date: 1936-01-01
Red-Figured Athenian Vases in the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a descriptive catalogue of the more important red-figured Athenian vases in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. This book is written to serve as a general handbook on red-figured vases. 173 vases are featured and arranged chronologically with special emphasis placed on the styles of the various painters. Descriptive texts preceed each time period while drawings and photographs elucidate the vases decoration.
Author: Moshe Lang
Release Date: 1996-01-01
Genre: Family psychotherapy
Short adapted case-histories from the author's professional experiences with children, couples, relationship therapies and families affected by the Holocaust. The writers are a physician and a family therapist from Melbourne, who co-authored 'Corrupting the Young'. Moshe Lang is a past president of the Victorian Association of Family Therapists and foundation president of the 'ANZ Journal of Family Therapy'.