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Explaining the 1934 Bihar-Nepal Earthquake: The Role of Science, Astrology, and “Rumours”
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences. (Huseby i Världen / Huseby in the World)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5938-0966
2017 (English)In: Historical Disaster Experiences: Towards a Comparative and Transcultural History of Disasters Across Asia and Europe / [ed] Gerrit Jasper Schenk, Heidelberg: Springer, 2017, p. 241-266Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A major earthquake hit Bihar, in the northern parts of India and Nepal, on 15 January 1934. Besides causing major destruction and death, the earthquake triggered scientific discussions and popular interpretations on the causes of earthquakes. By looking at the confluence of interpretations and explanations found in “science” and “pseudo-science”, and those found in astrology and popular interpretations circulated in rumours, this article discusses the role of expert and popular discourses in interpreting a natural disaster.

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Heidelberg: Springer, 2017. p. 241-266
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Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context, ISSN 2191-656X
Keywords [en]
Historical Disaster Research
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History
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Humanities, History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-75094ISBN: 978-3-319-49162-2 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-49163-9 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-75094DiVA, id: diva2:1214034
Available from: 2018-06-05 Created: 2018-06-05 Last updated: 2018-06-15Bibliographically approved

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