chapter  6
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Society at Bay? Managing the Droughts

The long history of human occupation of the globe is pockmarked by the collapse of apparently thriving societies in the face of environmental disasters. In those disasters were included sharp and rapid changes of climate and associated ecosystems, and some of those disasters seem to suggest a role for droughts. To try to uncover human attitudes to droughts, therefore, we need to first scan human attitudes to disasters in general, to see whether the generalities may also be reflected in attitudes to drought.