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The African AIDS Epidemic: A History

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This history of the African AIDS epidemic is a much-needed, accessibly written historical account of the most serious epidemiological catastrophe of modern times. The African AIDS Epidemic: A History answers President Thabo Mbekis provocative question as to why Africa has suffered this terrible epidemic.

While Mbeki attributed the causes to poverty and exploita-tion, others have looked to distinctive sexual systems practiced in African cultures and communities. John Iliffe stresses historical sequence. He argues that Africa has had the worst epidemic because the disease was established in the general population before anyone knew the disease existed. HIV evolved with extraordinary speed and complexity, and because that evolution took place under the eyes of modern medical research scien-tists, Iliffe has been able to write a history of the virus itself that is probably unique among accounts of human epidemic diseases. In giving the African experience a historical shape, John Iliffe has written one of the most important books of our time.

The African experience of AIDS has taught the world much of what it knows about HIV/AIDS, and this fascinating book brings into focus many aspects of the epidemic in the longer context of massive demographic growth, urbanization, and social change in Africa during the latter half of the twentieth century. The African AIDS Epidemic: A History is a brilliant introduction to the many aspects of the epidemic and the distinctive character of the virus.

Synopsis:

The African AIDS Epidemic is a much-needed historical account of the most serious epidemic of modern times. It is a brilliant introduction to the many aspects of the disease and the distinctive character of the virus.

About the Author

John Iliffe is a professor of modern history in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St. Johns College. He is the author of Africans: The History of a Continent and The African Poor: A History.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780821416891
Author:
Iliffe, John
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Author:
Iliffe, John
Subject:
History
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
AIDS & HIV
Subject:
Epidemiology
Subject:
AIDS (Disease)
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
AIDS (Disease) - Africa - History
Subject:
Diseases - AIDS & HIV
Subject:
World History-Africa
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20060331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
210
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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