- Great Fire of London began on September 2, 1666
- Jay Tidmarsh: Destruction of Europe's second-largest city was an economic and social catastrophe
Jay Tidmarsh is a professor of law at Notre Dame Law School and author of the forthcoming "The English Fire Courts and the American Right to Civil Jury Trial." The opinions expressed in the article are those of the author
(CNN)Surveying the destruction around her, one survivor of the recent Italian earthquake in Amatrice said, "The future is finished." In the immediate aftermath of disaster, recovery so often seems impossible. Yet many communities regenerate with time.