Plagues And Peoples by William McneillPlagues And Peoples by William Mcneill

Plagues And Peoples

byWilliam Mcneill

Paperback | October 11, 1977

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Upon its original publication, Plagues and Peoples was an immediate critical and popular success, offering a radically new interpretation of world history as seen through the extraordinary impact--political, demographic, ecological, and psychological--of disease on cultures. From the conquest of Mexico by smallpox as much as by the Spanish, to the bubonic plague in China, to the typhoid epidemic in Europe, the history of disease is the history of humankind. With the identification of AIDS in the early 1980s, another chapter has been added to this chronicle of events, which William McNeill explores in his new introduction to this updated editon.

Thought-provoking, well-researched, and compulsively readable, Plagues and Peoples is that rare book that is as fascinating as it is scholarly, as intriguing as it is enlightening. "A brilliantly conceptualized and challenging achievement" (Kirkus Reviews), it is essential reading, offering a new perspective on human history.
William H. McNeill is one of America's senior historians. He was professor of history at the University of Chicago for forty years before retiring in 1987. In the course of his career, he has published more than twenty books, inlcuding The Rise of the West: A History of Human Community, which won the National Book Award in 1964; Pursui...
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Title:Plagues And PeoplesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.17 × 0.79 inPublished:October 11, 1977Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385121229

ISBN - 13:9780385121224

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Plagues and Peoples is historian William McNeill's classic and radical interpretation of world history as seen through the extraordinary impact -- political, demographic, ecological, and psychological -- that disease has had on human history. From the conquest of Mexico by smallpox as much as by the Spanish, to the bubonic plague in China, to the typhoid epidemic in Europe, the history of disease is the history of humankind. Today, with the proliferation of AIDS since the early 1980s, another chapter has been added to this chronicle, and McNeill explores this frightening phenomenon in a new introduction.With more than 100,000 copies in print, Plagues and Peoples has truly become a seminal work. Thought-provoking, well-researched, and compulsively readable, it is that rare book that is as fascinating as it is scholarly, and as intriguing as it is enlightening