New geological research strengthens a growing sense of Indonesian history as one unusually exposed to the vagaries of nature. In periods of relative quiescence on the ring of fire, such as the twentieth century, a benign climate and fertile soils can produce rapid population growth and development. But rather than forming a constant, this pattern appears to have been interrupted by periodic disasters. Cooperation between scholars in different disciplines, and the pooling of data from around the Indian Ocean, offers a way forward in understanding the long-term pattern of the region and makes a huge difference to our understanding of the Southeast Asian past, and therefore likely future.
|Title of host publication||Natural Hazards and Peoples in the Indian Ocean World: Bordering on Danger|
|Editors||Greg Bankoff and Joseph Christensen|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|