“...whenever a new, especially successful form of an infection emerges, it will spread rapidly around the globe.”, “It is obvious that human (and non-human) diseases are evolving with an unusual rapidity simply because changes in our behaviour facilitate cross-fertilization of different strains of germs as never before, while an unending flow of new medicines (and pesticides) also present infectious organisms with rigorous, changing challenges to their survival.”.

Plagues and People, a glorious successor to The Rise of the West, integrates ecology and demography with politics and culture on a vast scale. Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2020.

Further, since there was not much in the way of prior research, much of this book must perforce consist of speculation using the spotty records that existed. Rice farmers, who spend much of their time wading through standing water, face a very different disease mix than farmers of grains or legumes, who deal with land-based diseases transmitted from insects, pests, and animal feces. Tit-for-tat.

xii, 340. By that time, fast overland and sea travel had exposed most major urban centers to common diseases from around the world, thus rendering them less vulnerable to new shocks.

Throw in the 'peoples' element, such as Roman legionnaires turning on their own communities or Mongols burning villages and their occupants into ashes, and one wonders wh.

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If you liked Jared Diamond's. by Macro-parasitism refers to the spread of disease through the.

Terribly frustrating. Written in 1975 and revised in 1997, Plagues and People remains an ambitious, timely study of the impact of disease on the course of world history. It was exciting, revealing, educational, as well as appropriately ghoulish when describing the great plagues of recorded history, especially "Justinian's Plague" (6th century) and the Great Plague of the 14th century. To say that "Plagues and Peoples" was a success would be a monumental understatement as almost all subsequent discussions of the role of disease in history start from here. The rise of the Mongols and their fast-moving horses not only displaced many of these rodent communities, but their swift-moving horses—and enticing grains and other foods—drove rodents across the Eurasian continent.

Other great books on this genre (different authors) are "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" by Mary Roach (much more readable, this author has a charming sense of humor) and the "The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers" by Scott Carney (a very readable author, very much in tune and sympathetic to the subject at h. This is what I call an "airplane book" as no one will bother you when you read it because its so alarming. 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. His comparison between our micro-parasites (bacteria, worms, viruses) and our "macro-parasites" (governments, armies ,raiders, plunderers) was a particularly thought-provoking aspect of the book.
“…It is the aim of this book…to bring the role of infectious disease in shaping human history into a juster [sic] perspective.” (230). Nobody comprehends the universe, because it is almost entirely out of sight. Written in 1975 and revised in 1997, Plagues and People remains an ambitious, timely study of the impact of disease on the course of world history. Unfortunately, the redundancy in the first section was enough to kill the interesting stuff...read this only if you have trouble sleeping or it's required reading for a school course. The wild versions of the Americas’ domesticated animals, such as llamas and alpacas, did not live densely together enough to sustain highly infectious diseases. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness.