Alice Bucknell


Nostalgia, Disaster, Desire: The Virtual City and Cultural Memory in Late Capitalism

At 9.30 AM on 1 November 1755, the most powerful earthquake in the history of Europe hit Lisbon, killing an estimated 30,000 – 40,000 people and instantly toppling 10% of the city’s architectural tissue while rendering countless other buildings uninhabitable. Beyond the material damage, the disaster marked a seismic shift in the country’s international standing, expediting Lisbon’s waning status as one of the most significant trading ports in the continent from its golden age in the early 16th century, and destabilizing Portugal’s role in the future of Europe’s expanding colonial empire.

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