Plagues and People

Plagues and People

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With the rise of newly emerging viruses like Ebola, HIV, Mad Cow Disease, and the like, historian William H. McNeill's landmark book on how infectious disease has impacted and even altered the course of human history is now more relevant than ever. Reissued with a new introduction and a chapter discussing the influence of AIDS on contemporary times, Plagues and Peoples explores the political, demographic, and psychological effects of disease on the human race over the entire sweep of human history, from prehistory to the present. This book offers a radical reinterpretation of world history as we know more

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  • Paperback | 369 pages
  • 104.14 x 175.26 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Updated
  • 1 map
  • 0385121229
  • 9780385121224
  • 110,827

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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 more