Synopses & Reviews
This book is a major and wide-ranging study of the great epidemic scourges of humanity -- plague, leprosy, smallpox, syphilis, cholera, and yellow fever/malaria -- over the last six centuries. It will become the standard account of the way diseases arising through chance, through reckless environmental change engineered by man, or through a combination of each were interpreted in Western Europe and in the colonized world.
A study of the great epidemic scourges of humanity over the last six centuries. It examines the connections between the movement of epidemics and the manifestations of imperial power in the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe, showing how perceptions of whom a disease targeted changed over time.