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Plagues and peoples revisited
Basic and strategic research for infectious disease control at the interface of the life, health and social sciences. Twenty-five years after historian William McNeill's landmark publication Plagues and Peoples McNeill, examined the impact of infectious diseases throughout the ages, it is clear that these scourges have not been relegated to the history books. Contrary to hopes and assumptions spawned by the dawn of the antibiotic era, infectious diseases are still lurking among us and are resurging at an alarming rate. Plagues and people are, and remain, inextricably linked. Tropical diseases used to be studied in isolation, but social, economic, cultural and political factors are emerging as major contributors to their success. It is now acceptable to argue that such diverse events as ecosystem change and urbanization, as well as poverty, inequality, gender relations and many other factors, are decisive issues in the transmission of infectious diseases, and that epidemics are both social and biological events.
Skip to search form Skip to main content. Plagues and Peoples. Hollingsworth and William H. Hollingsworth , William H. Mcneill Published DOI: Plague demoralized the Athenian army during the Peloponnesian war, and ravaged the Roman Empire.
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It was a critical and popular success, offering a radically new interpretation of the extraordinary impact of infectious disease on cultures as a means of enemy attack. The book ranges from examining the effects of smallpox in Mexico , the bubonic plague in China, to the typhoid epidemic in Europe. McNeill divided the book into six chapters and provides a cohesive progression of time that links all the chapters together.