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Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914 (New Approaches to the Americas)

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This book explores the links among ecology, disease, and international politics in the context of the Greater Caribbean - the landscapes lying between Surinam and the Chesapeake - in the seventeenth through early twentieth centuries. Ecological changes made these landscapes especially suitable for the vector mosquitoes of yellow fever and malaria, and these diseases wrought systematic havoc among armies and would-be settlers. Because yellow fever confers immunity on survivors of the disease, and because malaria confers resistance, these diseases played partisan roles in the struggles for empire and revolution, attacking some populations more severely than others. In particular, yellow fever and malaria attacked newcomers to the region, which helped keep the Spanish Empire Spanish in the face of predatory rivals in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. In the late eighteenth and through the nineteenth century, these diseases helped revolutions to succeed by decimating forces sent out from Europe to prevent them.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521452861
Author:
Mcneill, J. R.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
McNeill, John
Author:
McNeill, J. R.
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
World History-Latin America
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
New Approaches to the Americas
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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