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Author McNeill, John Robert
Title Mosquito empires : ecology and war in the Greater Caribbean, 1620 - 1914 / J.R. McNeill
Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
book jacket
 Ethnology Library  F1621 .M38 2010    AVAILABLE    30520020712585
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  F1621 M169 2010    AVAILABLE    30530001103258
Descript xviii, 371 p. : maps ; 24 cm
Series New approaches to the Americas
New approaches to the Americas
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 315-361) and index
"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, helping these diseases to wreak 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, consistently 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 century and through the nineteenth century, these diseases helped revolutions succeed by decimating forces sent out from Europe to stop them."--Provided by publisher
The argument (and its limits) in brief -- Setting the scene. Atlantic empires and Caribbean ecology -- Deadly fevers, deadly doctors -- Imperial mosquitoes. Fevers take hold : from Recife to Kourou -- Yellow fever Rampant and British Ambition Repulsed, 1690-1780 -- Revolutionary mosquitoes. Lord Cornwallis vs. Anopheles quadrimaculatus, 1780-1781 -- Revolutionary fevers, 1790-1898 : Haiti, New Granada, and Cuba -- Conclusion : vector and virus vanquished, 1880-1914
Subject Caribbean Area -- History
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
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