Franz Mauelshagen, Natural Disasters and Legal Solutions in the History of State Power, The Solutions Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, January 2013, Pages 65-68 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/natural-disasters-and-legal-solutions-in-the-history-of-state-power/) Abstract: When a society experiences a natural disaster, it is forced to consider a variety of responses that will both ameliorate the immediate crisis and put in place structures to enable it to prevent—or better cope with—future disasters. Whatever the concrete solutions may be, in modern states and legal systems, they will either have to operate within existing legal frameworks or require novel legal regulations. The latter are particularly interesting, because innovation sheds light on processes of adaptation that may instigate cultural change. In the following, I will use the term legal solutions to denote any normative regulation invented to manage disasters, prevent them, or protect against them. Throughout the history of disasters, legal solutions of one sort or another have played a significant role in recovery and prevention, as well as in shaping politics and individual behavior. After the Great Fire of London, following an extreme summer drought in 1666, the city council … Topics: Conflict Resolution; Governance; History; Security