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First Impressions : Diarists, Scientists, Imperialists and the Management of the Environment in the American Pacific, 1899-1902 (2009)
Journal Article
Bankoff, G. (2009). First Impressions : Diarists, Scientists, Imperialists and the Management of the Environment in the American Pacific, 1899-1902. Journal of Pacific History, 44(3), 261-280. https://doi.org/10.1080/00223340903356849

They say first impressions always matter. Americans acquired an empire of tropical islands in the Pacific about which they knew little and cared even less. Yet they set to almost immediately to understand and harness these new environments for their... Read More about First Impressions : Diarists, Scientists, Imperialists and the Management of the Environment in the American Pacific, 1899-1902.

Breaking new ground? Gifford Pinchot and the birth of 'Empire forestry' in the Philippines, 1900-1905 (2009)
Journal Article
Bankoff, G. (2009). Breaking new ground? Gifford Pinchot and the birth of 'Empire forestry' in the Philippines, 1900-1905. Environment and History, 15(3), (369-393). doi:10.3197/096734009X12474738236078. ISSN 0967-3407

Professional forest management in the Philippines is largely attributed to the ideas and endeavours of American foresters such as Gifford Pinchot, George Ahern and Henry Graves who were instrumental in establishing the Insular Bureau of Forestry in 1... Read More about Breaking new ground? Gifford Pinchot and the birth of 'Empire forestry' in the Philippines, 1900-1905.

The politics of risk in the Philippines: Comparing state and NGO perceptions of disaster management (2009)
Journal Article
Bankoff, G., & Hilhorst, D. (2009). The politics of risk in the Philippines: Comparing state and NGO perceptions of disaster management. Disasters, 33(4), 686-704. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7717.2009.01104.x

It is now generally appreciated that what constitutes vulnerability to one person is not necessarily perceived as such by the next. Different actors ‘see’ disasters as different types of events and as a result they prepare for, manage and record them... Read More about The politics of risk in the Philippines: Comparing state and NGO perceptions of disaster management.

Natural Hazards (2009)
Book Chapter
Bankoff, G. (2009). Natural Hazards. The Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History, 753 - 756. Palgrave-Macmillan

A Month in the Life of Jose Salud, Forester in the Spanish Phillipines, July 1882 (2009)
Journal Article
Bankoff, G. (2009). A Month in the Life of Jose Salud, Forester in the Spanish Phillipines, July 1882. Global environment : a journal of transdisciplinary history, 2(3), 8-47. https://doi.org/10.3197/ge.2009.020302

The discovery of a monthly work schedule for José Salud, a district forester on the island of Panay, provides us with an unique insight into the operations and workings of the Inspección general de Montes, the Spanish colonial forestry service in the... Read More about A Month in the Life of Jose Salud, Forester in the Spanish Phillipines, July 1882.

Comparing vulnerabilities: Toward charting an historical trajectory of disasters (2007)
Journal Article
Bankoff, G. (2007). Comparing vulnerabilities: Toward charting an historical trajectory of disasters. Historical Social Research ==, 32(3), 103-114. https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.32.2007.3.103-114

Disasters have two historical trajectories, one 'natural' in that they involve one or more physical hazards and the other societal in that they are largely culturally determined. They are 'historical' in the sense that both forces change over time. C... Read More about Comparing vulnerabilities: Toward charting an historical trajectory of disasters.

Dangers to going it alone: Social capital and the origins of community resilience in the Philippines (2007)
Journal Article
Bankoff, G. (2007). Dangers to going it alone: Social capital and the origins of community resilience in the Philippines. Continuity and Change, 22(2), 327-355. doi:10.1017/S0268416007006315

Robert Putnam's influential article 'Bowling alone: America's declining social capital' puts forward a number of possible factors to explain the decline of civil society in the USA. Many of these same forces are also at work in America's erstwhile co... Read More about Dangers to going it alone: Social capital and the origins of community resilience in the Philippines.

Fire and quake in the construction of Old Manila (2006)
Journal Article
Bankoff, G. (2006). Fire and quake in the construction of Old Manila. Medieval History Journal, 10(1-2), 411-427. doi:10.1177/097194580701000215

Manila, was one of the grandest early modern European cities in Asia, yet it was destroyed by fire and earthquake on numerous occasions. Over successive reconstructions, it evolved a style of architecture and urban planning that reconciled alien noti... Read More about Fire and quake in the construction of Old Manila.

Winds of colonisation: The meteorological contours of Spain's imperium in the Pacific 1521-1898 (2006)
Journal Article
Bankoff, G. (2006). Winds of colonisation: The meteorological contours of Spain's imperium in the Pacific 1521-1898. Environment and History, 12(1), 65-88. https://doi.org/10.3197/096734006776026827

This paper examines the relationship between prevailing weather systems and colonialism in the context of Spanish possessions in the Pacific from Magellan till the end of the nineteenth century. It argues that any historical appreciation of Hispanic... Read More about Winds of colonisation: The meteorological contours of Spain's imperium in the Pacific 1521-1898.