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Cambridge University Press
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January 2023
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This socio-political history on the aftermath of the 1934 Bihar–Nepal earthquake explores disaster aid, relief, and reconstruction and the questions they give rise to about class, communities and inequality. The book traces disaster responses across the twentieth century in order to demonstrate how they were embedded in political processes transcending the event of the earthquake. Aid, relief and reconstruction mirrored political agendas and ideas that articulated both changes and continuities by the colonial state, civil society and international organisations. The impact of the earthquake and aid in its wake varied widely according to social groups, ethnicity and gender in the aftermath. By studying the effects of the earthquake on communities directly affected and society, the author argues that we can come closer to an understanding of the role political, social and cultural factors held in shaping resilience to natural disasters. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

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  • Frontmatter
    pp i-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-vi
  • List of Illustrations
    pp vii-viii
  • List of Tables
    pp ix-x
  • Acknowledgements
    pp xi-xiv
  • List of Abbreviations
    pp xv-xvi
  • Note on Transliteration
    pp xvii-xviii
  • 1 - Introduction: Experiencing the Extraordinary and the Ordinary
    pp 1-48
  • 2 - Responses and Responsibilities in Emergency Relief
    pp 49-96
  • 3 - From Local to National Politics of Relief
    pp 97-154
  • 4 - Colonial Relations in Aid
    pp 155-191
  • 5 - Categories of Victims
    pp 192-247
  • 6 - Congested and Contested Spaces
    pp 248-301
  • 7 - Conclusion
    pp 302-317
  • Glossary
    pp 318-319
  • Bibliography
    pp 320-351
  • Index
    pp 352-363


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