Charting the Impact of the Coastline Throughout History

By Phineas Upham

Historian John Gillis proposes in his new book The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History that people who live along America’s coastlines have reasons to be wary. As profiled in The Chronicle of Higher Education, the environmental historian’s book cautions that weather events such as Superstorm Sandy are part of the past history of the country’s coastlines and will happen in greater frequency and with more impact on lives and property in the future.


Gillis traces the history of human interaction with coastlines back to primitive humans and charts the changing relationship through today. Gillis cautions that the modern pattern of wealthy people moving to coastal regions has made people cavalier to the fact that the coastlines are always changing because of storms and the continual erosion of the ocean.


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