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Plagues And Peoples By William H. McNeill

Plagues And Peoples
by William H. McNeill

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This book describes the dramatic impact of infectious diseases on the rise and fall of civilizations. Professor McNeill, through an accumulation of evidences demonstrates the central role of pestilence in human affairs and the extent to which it has changed the course of history.
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Plagues And Peoples by William H. McNeill

This book describes the dramatic impact of infectious diseases on the rise and fall of civilisations. Plague demoralized the Athenian army during the Peloponnesian war, and ravaged the Roman Empire. In the 16th century smallpox was the decisive agent that allowed Cortez with only 600 men to conquer the Aztec empire, whose subjects numbered millions. As recently as 1918-19 an epidemic of influenza claimed twenty-one million victims, and seemed to threaten civilization itself. Diseases such as syphilis, cholera, smallpox and malariahave been devastating to humanity for centuries. Now professor McNeill, through an accumulation of evidence, demonstrates the central role of pestilence in human affairs and the extent to which it has changed the course of history.

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GOR001946815
Plagues And Peoples by William H. McNeill
William H. McNeill
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
1979-02-22
336
0140551395
9780140551396
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