Plagues and Peoples (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 27, 2010 - History - 368 pages
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Upon its original publication, Plagues and Peoples was an immediate critical and popular success, offering a radically new interpretation of world history as seen through the extraordinary impact--political, demographic, ecological, and psychological--of disease on cultures. From the conquest of Mexico by smallpox as much as by the Spanish, to the bubonic plague in China, to the typhoid epidemic in Europe, the history of disease is the history of humankind. With the identification of AIDS in the early 1980s, another chapter has been added to this chronicle of events, which William McNeill explores in his new introduction to this updated editon.

Thought-provoking, well-researched, and compulsively readable, Plagues and Peoples is that rare book that is as fascinating as it is scholarly, as intriguing as it is enlightening. "A brilliantly conceptualized and challenging achievement" (Kirkus Reviews), it is essential reading, offering a new perspective on human history.

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User Review  - Grant - Goodreads

One of the foundational texts of world history. McNeill was not the first to consider the impact of disease on human history, but he was the first to ask the question across such the whole ... Read full review

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User Review  - Steve Wiggins - Goodreads

How does one really "like" a book about disease? In any case, this is an interesting study of how disease and humanity have interacted over the centuries. A bit scary, but good. Further comments may be read here: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World. Read full review

About the author (2010)

William McNeill was professor of history at the University of Chicago. Among his publications are A History of the Human Community, History of Western Civilization, Keeping Together in Time: Dance and Drill in Human History, and Plagues and People.

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