Epidemics and War: The Impact of Disease on Major Conflicts in History, 1st Edition

  • Rebecca M. Seaman
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  • ISBN-10: 1440852251
  • ISBN-13: 9781440852251
  • DDC: 614.4
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 355 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released May 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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Through its coverage of 19 epidemics associated with a broad range of wars across time and place that blends medical knowledge, demographics, and geographic and medical information with historical and military insights, this book reveals the complex relationship between epidemics and wars throughout history.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contested Epidemics during Well-Known Conflicts: Introduction.
1: Plague of Athens: A Fate More Terrible Than the Spartans, 430–426 BCE.
2: The Antonine Plague: Unknown Death within the Roman Empire, 165–180 CE.
3: English Sweating Sickness and the Battle of Bosworth: Misfortune or Retribution, 1485 CE.
Bacterial Epidemics in the Context of Wars: Introduction.
4: The Black Death and Nation-State Wars of the 14th Century: Environment, Epigenetics, Excess, and Expiation, 1346–1450.
5: Typhus: Napoleon’s Tragic Invasion of Russia, the War of 1812.
6: Cholera: Dread Disease of the Crimean War, 1854–1855.
7: Typhoid Fever: Failure in the Midst of Victory in the Spanish-American War, 1898.
8: Diphtheria in the Tajikistan War: Circumventing Post–World War II Medical Advances, 1992–1994.
Viral Epidemics in the Context of Wars: Introduction.
9: Smallpox: Ensuring the Destruction of Armies in Colonial New Spain and Peru, 1518–1625.
10: Smallpox: Ensuring the Survival of an Army in Revolutionary America, 1775–1783.
11: Yellow Fever: Unexpected Ally in the Haitian Revolution, 1802–1803.
12: Measles in World War I: Pestilence within Mobilization Camps and Transport Ships, 1915–1919.
13: Influenza during World War I: The Great Flu Pandemic, 1916–1919.
14: Colonialism and War as Drivers of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1990–2003.
15: Mumps: Lasting Remnant of the Bosnian War, 1992–2012.
Epidemics of Mixed Origins during Wartime: Introduction.
16: Malaria: Continuing Pestilence from World War II to the Vietnam War, 1939–1975.
17: Dysentery in the American Civil War: An Inverse Force Multiplier, 1861–1865.
18: Pneumonia in the American Civil War: Death Knell of the Sick and Invalid, 1861–1865.
19: Epidemics and Wars in the Context of Historical Inquiry.
About the Editor and Contributors.