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  - Deanna Clatworthy-supple - Goodreads

Not very interesting…very wordy for the amount of info inside and doesn't really discuss the plagues in detail. Read full review

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User Review  - Jim McIntosh - Goodreads

Excellent argument that human history is driven as much by disease (microparasites) as by armies (macroparasities). As the author says, "In most places epidemic diseases have become unimportant, and ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Man the Hunter 35
37
Breakthrough to History
54
Confluence of the Civilized Disease
94
The Impact of the Mongol Empire
161
Transoceanic Exchanges 15001700
208
The Ecological Impact of Medical Science
242
Appendix
297
Index
355
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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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