HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Scholar: hurricanes helped shape Cuban culture, history

CHAPEL HILL -- When hurricane season in the Caribbean officially ends Friday, (Nov. 30) many Cubans, especially farmers, will probably breathe a sigh of relief. They survived Hurricane Michelles wrath earlier this month, but the fallout was five deaths and ruined crops, wrecked sugar mills and destroyed homes.

Hurricanes are a fact of life in Cuba, which has historically been hard-hit during the annual four-month Caribbean season. Some may grow accustomed to dealing with the recurring storms, but in a new book, historian Dr. Louis A. Perez Jr. contends that the hurricanes have significantly affected the culture and its people.

My premise is that historians focus a great deal on what people do together, but now and then, the forces of nature overwhelm a culture and affect how cultures become what they are, said Perez, J. Carlyle Sitterson professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Nature opens up a new dimension -- weather, calamity -- to historical research.

In Winds of Change: Hurricanes and the Transformation of Nineteenth-Century Cuba (UNC Press, 2001), Perez, a New York native whose grandfather was born in Cuba, examines questions about national character and recurring calamities. What makes the French French? What makes Americans Americans? One factor is environment -- weather patterns, famine, harsh climates, earthquakes, floods are all assimilated into cultural characteristics, he said.

This argument is true of any community facing a recurring threat of calamity, he added. People who live under the shadow of volcanoes or monsoons live in a culture of calamity. Whats fascinating to me is how these cultures begin to adapt to the possibility of catastrophe and to assimilate the peril into their everyday lives.

In Cuba, Perez said, hurricanes have created an overriding sense of being subjected to forces beyond ones control. Many people say, Why spend too much time thinking about the future?
'"/>

Contact: David Williamson
david_williamson@unc.edu
919-962-8596
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
29-Nov-2001


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. DuPont introduces in-home personal protection from dangers of hurricanes
2. NASA data shows hurricanes help plants bloom in ocean deserts
3. Ecosystem bounces back from hurricanes
4. Big fish not always best, sounds might mean hurricanes and Hawaii tsunami safety
5. Sea Grant news: Shipworms, ozone, hurricanes
6. Studies: Floyd, other major hurricanes of 99 caused significant changes in nations largest lagoonal estuary
7. Specialized brain helped ancient reptiles fly and hunt
8. Cognitive therapy for schizophrenia: Hope for those whom drugs havent helped
9. Chronic Lyme disease symptoms not helped by intensive antibiotic treatment
10. University of Georgia professor writes first book on phylogeography--a field of study that he helped found
11. Molecular staples shape a cancer killer

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Scholar hurricanes helped shape Cuban culture history

(Date:8/20/2014)... Women who are poor experience higher cortisol levels ... levels of the stress hormone, putting them at ... to a new research from the University of Colorado ... American Journal of Human Biology , is the ... directly to the socioeconomic status of their mothers during ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... 4,000 members, it triggers an important first stage in ... of comb used for rearing male reproductive, called drones. ... and Behaviour at Cornell University, led by Michael Smith, ... The results are published in Springer,s journal Naturwissenschaften ... isn,t always a honeybee colony,s top priority. Early ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... leaves, photosystem 1 (PS1) absorbs light and its ... carbon dioxide to biomass. Photovoltaic devices, mostly build ... but produce electricity. One approach for the development ... the semi-conductor with the isolated membrane protein complexes ... a highly stable PS1 from thermophilic cyanobacteria that ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):CU Denver researcher shows economic disparities impact infant health 2Worker bees 'know' when to invest in their reproductive future 2A semi-artificial leaf faster than 'natural' photosynthesis 2
(Date:8/21/2014)... 2014 SoundConnect , a ... as one of the nation’s Fastest Growing Private ... the 2nd consecutive year. Inc. magazine today ranked ... 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing ... look at the most important segment of the ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... time, chemists have succeeded in measuring vibrational motion of ... study reveals how vibration of a single molecule differs ... The study was performed at the University of California, ... of Jyvskyl works as a visiting fellow under professor ... The second team was lead by Professor Eric O. ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 20, 2014 ... Conference is being held on October 29-30 in ... perspectives from industry, academic and government researchers and clinicians ... in the space. , In the twelve years ... one hundred therapies have been introduced with pharmacogenetic information ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... (PRWEB) August 20, 2014 ... released today including improvements to the enterprise replication ... connectors for Lucene, SOLR and Elasticsearch. This release ... this high performance triplestore – GraphDB™ was formerly ... in deploying the only mature enterprise resilient RDF ...
Breaking Biology Technology:SoundConnect Returns on Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies 2SoundConnect Returns on Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies 3Seeing a molecule breathe 26th Annual Personalized and Precision Medicine Conference Bringing Together Thought Leaders to Discuss Clinical Implementation, Dx Reimbursement, Big Data, and Sequencing 2Ontotext Improves Its RDF Triplestore, GraphDB™ 6.0: Enterprise Resilience, Faster Loading Speeds and Connectors to Full-Text Search Engines Top the List of Enhancements 2Ontotext Improves Its RDF Triplestore, GraphDB™ 6.0: Enterprise Resilience, Faster Loading Speeds and Connectors to Full-Text Search Engines Top the List of Enhancements 3Ontotext Improves Its RDF Triplestore, GraphDB™ 6.0: Enterprise Resilience, Faster Loading Speeds and Connectors to Full-Text Search Engines Top the List of Enhancements 4
Cached News: