Armies of Pestilence: The Impact of Disease on History
By: R. S. Bray (author)Paperback
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The influence that disease has had on history has often been hidden behind the more 'glorious' exploits of individuals and monarchs. In Armies of Pestilence R.S. Bray offers a fresh contribution to the impact that illnesses have had on world history. The periods discussed span from the Biblical accounts of epidemics, through the Justinian plague (what was that deadly disease that has kept scientists in contention right through to the present day?), to the miscalculated 1976 influenza epidemic from which the American government took a long time to recover. Dr. Bray covers the Plague (the scourge of medieval Europe), malaria, yellow fever, smallpox, typhus and cholera. The author offers a comprehensive evaluation of many other works, both scientific and historical, which provide a vast basis for research on this subject. His vigorous style and timely injections of humour make this an absorbing and accessible book.
R.S. Bray took his BSc at the University of Adelaide and went on to gain two doctorates from the University of London. He has lectured around the world and published many scientific articles. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Biology, an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Protozoologists and the British Society of Parasitology, and former Vice-President of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. His work with the Liberian Institute of the American Foundation for Tropical Medicine gained him the Award of Knight Great Band of the order of African Redemption.
List of Maps; Acknowledgements; Preface; Introduction; Early Civilisations; Rome Plague-Justinian's Plague (part one); Plague-Justinian's Plague (part two); Plague-Justinian's Plague (part three); Plague- The Black Death (part one); ); Plague- The Black Death (part two); ); Plague- The Black Death (part three); Plague- The Bombay Plague; Malaria (part one); Malaria (part two); Malaria (part three); Yellow Fever; Smallpox (part one); Smallpox (part two); Smallpox (part three); Typhus (part one); Typhus (part two); Cholera (part one); Cholera (part two); Cholera (part three); Cholera (part four); Influenza (part one); Influenza (part two); Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
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