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Plagues and Peoples - William Hardy McNeill
Plagues and Peoples
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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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780385121224 (0385121229)
Publisher: Anchor
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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tricours
tricours rated it
Interesting book that shows history in another light.
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Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
I'm gonna pass for now. It feels a little too much like Guns, Germs and Steel and 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus.
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