Plagues and Peoples

ISBN-10: 0385121229

ISBN-13: 9780385121224

Edition: 1989

Authors: William H. McNeill

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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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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/11/1977
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Born in Canada, William H. McNeill was chairman of the Department of History at the University of Chicago and one of the editors of the Readings in World History Series published by Oxford University Press. His one-volume "A World History," which gives equal space to Asia and the West, was greeted as a work of major importance by such recognized historians as Arnold Toynbee, Hans Kohn, Geoffrey Bruun, Stringfellow Barr, and John Barkham. Toynbee has acclaimed McNeill's "The Rise of the West," which took nine years to write, as "the most lucid presentation of world history in narrative form that I know." It won the 1963 National Book Award for history and the Gordon J. Laing Prize of the University of Chicago.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
Man the Hunter
Breakthrough to History
Confluence of the Civilized Disease Pools of Eurasia: 500 B.C. to A.D. 1200
The Impact of the Mongol Empire on Shifting Disease Balances, 1200-1500
Transoceanic Exchanges, 1500-1700
The Ecological Impact of Medical Science and Organization Since 1700
Appendix
Notes
Index
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