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McNeill, John Robert
Mosquito empires [electronic resource] : ecology and war in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914 / J.R. McNeill
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
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 Electronic Book  F1621 (INTERNET)    AVAIL. VIA WEB
Subject(s) Human ecology -- Caribbean Area -- History
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Caribbean Area -- History
Revolutions -- Caribbean Area -- History
Yellow fever -- Environmental aspects -- Caribbean Area -- History
Malaria -- Environmental aspects -- Caribbean Area -- History
Epidemics -- Caribbean Area -- History
Medical geography -- Caribbean Area -- History
Subject Caribbean Area -- History
Physical Description xviii, 371 p. : maps ; 24 cm
Summary "This book explores the links among ecology, disease, and international politics in the context of the Greater Caribbean - the landscapes lying between Suriname 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"--Provided by publisher
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents The argument (and its limits) in brief -- Atlantic empires and Caribbean ecology -- Deadly fevers, deadly doctors -- Fevers take hold: from Recife to Kourou -- Yellow fever rampant and British ambition repulsed, 1690-1780 -- Lord Cornwallis vs. Anopheles quadrimaculattus, 1780-1781 -- Revolutionary fevers, 1790-1898: Haiti, New Granada, and Cuba -- Conclusion: vector and virus vanquished, 1880-1914
Note Electronic text and image data. Ann Arbor, Mich. : University of Michigan, MPublishing, 2013. Includes both TIFF files and keyword searchable text. ([ACLS Humanities E-Book]) Mode of access: Intranet
Series New approaches to the Americas
ACLS Humanities E-Book
Alternate Author American Council of Learned Societies

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