CECERE, Domenico (2020) Dall’informazione alla gestione dell’emergenza. Una proposta per lo studio dei disastri in età moderna. [Pubblicazione in rivista scientifica]


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Item Type: Pubblicazione in rivista scientifica
Lingua: Italiano
Title: Dall’informazione alla gestione dell’emergenza. Una proposta per lo studio dei disastri in età moderna
CECERE, Domenicodomenico.cecere@unina.it
Date: 2020
Number of Pages: 32
Institution: Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Department: Studi Umanistici
Official URL: https://www.viella.it/rivista/9788833138251/5252
Journal or Publication Title: Storica
Nazione dell'editore: Italia
Place of Publication: Roma
Publisher: Viella
Date: 2020
ISSN: 1973-2236
Number: 77
Page Range: pp. 9-40
Number of Pages: 32
Uncontrolled Keywords: disasters, Spanish monarchy, emergency management, political communication
Settori scientifico-disciplinari del MIUR: Area 11 - Scienze storiche, filosofiche, pedagogiche e psicologiche > M-STO/02 - Storia moderna
Access rights: Open access
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2022 08:28
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:28
URI: http://www.fedoa.unina.it/id/eprint/13419
DOI: 10.23744/3949


This paper outlines an innovative method for the study of disasters in early modern societies that combines cultural and socio-institutional approaches. It begins with a close examination of a sample of accounts, reports and pleas regarding two calamities – the 1667 Dalmatia earthquake and the 1687 Lima earthquake – and how they were processed in the institutional channels of the Spanish monarchy. These sources are analysed with attention to the goals, interests and perspectives of the institutional and social actors that produced or sponsored them. As such, the images and narrative techniques embedded in them reveal the messages the authors sought to convey in order to justify their own conduct while discrediting that of their adversaries. The study of how information was exchanged in the aftermath of such distressing events allows us to see how authoritative narratives were constructed and to trace their larger effects. It also allows for a comprehensive understanding of how strategies were developed to manage social crises.


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