Mosquito Empires by J. R. McNeill
Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914 (New Approaches to the Americas)

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This book explores the links among ecology, disease, and international politics in the context of the Greater Caribbean - the landscapes lying between Surinam and the Chesapeake - in the seventeenth through early twentieth centuries. Ecological changes made these landscapes especially suitable for the vector mosquitoes of yellow fever and malaria, and these diseases wrought systematic havoc among armies and would-be settlers. Because yellow fever confers immunity on survivors of the disease, and because malaria confers resistance, these diseases played partisan roles in the struggles for empire and revolution, attacking some populations more severely than others. In particular, yellow fever and malaria attacked newcomers to the region, which helped keep the Spanish Empire Spanish in the face of predatory rivals in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. In the late eighteenth and through the nineteenth century, these diseases helped revolutions to succeed by decimating forces sent out from Europe to prevent them.
 

About J. R. McNeill

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J. R. McNeill is professor of history at Georgetown University. He is the author of "The Mountains of the Mediterranean World" & other works. William H. McNeill is Professor of History, Emeritus, University of Chicago and author of, among other books, "The Rise of the West", which won the National Book Award in 1964, and Plagues and Peoples".
 
Published March 1, 2010 by Cambridge University Press. 391 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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