Plagues and peoples book summary

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plagues and peoples book summary

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Thirty-four years ago, William H. In the s, historian William H. Documenting battles in detail, historians conscientiously scoured archives for accurate body counts and troop movements, but they largely ignored some of the most colossal slaughters ever recorded. In AD Roman soldiers returning home from war in Mesopotamia brought with them a microbe—smallpox is the best guess. Rome had suffered disease outbreaks before, but the Antonine Plague of AD killed more people than any other; a quarter to a third of Rome's population died, including two emperors: Lucius Verus and Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, who gave the pandemic its name.
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Book review: Plagues and people by William McNeil

Plagues and Peoples is a book on epidemiological history by William Hardy McNeill published Hardy McNeill (). Plagues and Peoples. Book review​.

Plagues and peoples

Elaborate underground channels were dug to drain natural swamps and secure water for irrigation and drinking. Successful rulers within this belt of semi-desert lands were either steppe nomads themselves or but recently descended from such folk. Forms of life ancestral to man may have also existed in the tropical and subtropical parts of Asia, evolving along roughly parallel lines peoplws the humanoid populations whose bones and tools have been discovered so abundantly at Olduvai Gorge and in other parts of sub-Saharan Mrica.

I chose to read this book because historical treatments for and effects of various diseases interests me. Effects were characteristically indirect, unforeseen and unforeseeable; and save in rare instances it is impossible to reconstruct all the circumstances that may have allowed adn new disease pattern to assert itself. Community Reviews.

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"Plagues and People" by William H. McNeill

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Lung Dis. That we've got them under control. McNeill agreed, but he had made a decision early in his career to embrace speculation. This is an interdisciplinary work, an epidemiological history of humanity!

Today, it seems difficult to overstate McNeill's case. To be sure, medical geography or the political economy of health. Traditionally, in the case of "dry farming," soil kept in a bare fallow can store blok that would otherwise be dispersed into the air by passage of water from the soil through the roots and leafy. It's compelling reading.


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