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Author McNeill, John Robert.

Title Mosquito empires : ecology and war in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914 / J.R. McNeill
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 371 pages) : maps
Series New approaches to the Americas
New approaches to the Americas.
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
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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-361) and index
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Subject Ecological and Environmental Phenomena.
History, Modern 1601-
Epidemics -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Human ecology -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Malaria -- Environmental aspects -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Malaria -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Medical geography -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Mosquitoes -- Caribbean Area -- pathogenicity
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Revolutions -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Social change -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Yellow fever -- Environmental aspects -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Yellow fever -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Caribbean Area -- History.
Caribbean Region.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009037299
ISBN 0511669240
0511811624 (electronic bk.)
9780511811623 (electronic bk.)