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U tirrimotu ranni. Lectures du tremblement de terre de Sicile de 1693

Abstract : This thesis investigates the great Sicilian earthquake of January 1693. The thesis examines, in particular: the unfolding of the disaster between the two main seismic shocks (the first on January 9, the second on January 11); how the event was perceived and described by its contemporaries; its resonance throughout Sicily and Europe; the scientific debate initiated by the earthquake (a debate that, in some way, continues to this day); the issue of casualties and destructions (in Catania, for instance, more than half of the inhabitants perished, and more than three-quarters of the buildings collapsed); the social dimension of the catastrophe (the overturning of the established order, how the populations and authorities gradually overcame the trauma of the earthquake, etc.); finally, the articulation between the disaster and the long reconstruction (the psychological thresholds that the inhabitants had to overcome before they were able to reconstruct buildings made of stone, first floors, great cupolas, etc.) Overall, the thesis offers a new reading of this great earthquake – much less known than the 1755 Lisbon one – by analyzing, in particular, the practices and discourses of the actors.
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Stefano Condorelli. U tirrimotu ranni. Lectures du tremblement de terre de Sicile de 1693. Histoire. EHESS - Paris, 2011. Français. ⟨tel-01902851⟩

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