Armies of Pestilence: The Impact of Disease on History

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ISD LLC, 15. jun. 2004 - 276 sider
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We have lived in a world that had, until the arrival in 2020 of the coronavirus Covid-19, not suffered a serious pandemic for a century, and society had almost forgotten the enormous impact created by highly infectious diseases. Infectious diseases, however, played major roles in ending the Golden Age of Athens, wrecked Justinian's plans to restore the Roman Empire to its former glory, and killed untold millions in Latin America after the Spanish invasion. Armies of Pestilence explores the impact of these diseases on history. Despite their importance, historians have tended to minimise the role of infectious disease - partly because of a lack of scientific knowledge, and this has resulted in a distorted view both of the past and of the danger of disease to modern society. In Armies of Pestilence, R.S. Bray, a distinguished biologist who here shows himself also to be an able historian, corrects this view. The book surveys the principal epidemics around the world and across the centuries, in each case discussing the origins of the outbreaks, the symptoms, the mortality rate and the social and economic effect. Where particular diseases cannot be identified with certainty the best scholarly opinions are discussed. Bray pays special attention to the infamous Yersina pestis, the organism that caused the Black Death. Other diseases discussed include malaria, smallpox, typhus, cholera and influenza, and AIDS. One of the themes of the book is the relationship between disease and war, with the former often causing more deaths than the latter, as was the case with the great influenza pandemic of 1918-19, at the end of the First World War. The inability of governments to deal effectively with disease is also made clear.

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Excellent historic account of the major diseases to have plagued the Earth Les hele vurderingen

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CHAPTER l Early Civilisations
1
CHAPTER 2 Rome
11
CHAPTER 3 Plague Justinians Plague part 1
19
CHAPTER 4 Plague Justinians Plague part 2
28
CHAPTER 5 PlagueJustinians Plague part 3
35
CHAPTER 6 The Black Death part 1
48
CHAPTER 7 The Black Death part 2
57
CHAPTER 8 The Black Death part 3
68
CHAPTER 16 Smallpox part 3
129
CHAPTER 17 Typhus part 1
135
CHAPTER 18 lYpbus part 2
144
CHAPTER 19 Cholera part 1
154
CHAPTER 20 Cholera part 2
167
CHAPTER 21 Cholera part 3
174
CHAPTER 22 Cholera part 4
187
CHAPTER 23 Influenza part 1
193

CHAPTER 9 Plague The Bombay Plague
81
CHAPTER 10 Malaria part 1
89
CHAPTER 11 Malaria part 2
96
CHAPTER 12 Malaria part 3
101
CHAPTER 13 Yellow Fever
107
CHAPTER 14 Smallpox part 1
114
CHAPTER 15 Smallpox part 2
123
CHAPTER 24 Influenza part 2
202
CHAPTER NOTES
212
Bibliography
223
Index
237
Back Cover
261
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R.S. Bray was a Fellow of the Institute of Biology, an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Protozoologists and the British Society of Parasitology, and former Vice-President of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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