In old regime societies, after natural disasters, the most powerful social groups and institutions were often driven to compete with each other for the management of the emergency. The circulation of information and the control of opinions were some of the fields in which these rivalries played out. These issues were addressed in the presentation by Domenico Cecere Information networks and communication policy on natural disasters in the Hispanic monarchy held on 15th November at IeMed – the European Institute of the Mediterranean. He focused on some catastrophes occurring in the Hispanic Monarchy which were studied in relation to the objectives, interpretations and interests of the institutional and social actors in order to detect the messages that the authors intended to transmit to justify their behaviour and discredit that of their adversaries. The study of these sociocultural processes makes it possible to highlight the elaboration of influential and shared narratives that were crucial for the development of crisis management strategies.

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