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Epidemics and ideas : essays on the historical perception of pestilence

Author: T O Ranger; Paul Slack
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Series: Past and present publications.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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From plague to AIDS, epidemics have been the most spectacular diseases to afflict human societies. This volume examines the way in which these great crises have influenced ideas, how they have helped to shape theological, political and social thought, and how they have been interpreted and understood in the intellectual context of their time. --Back cover.
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Genre/Form: History
Aufsatzsammlung
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: T O Ranger; Paul Slack
ISBN: 052155831X 9780521558310 052140276X 9780521402767
OCLC Number: 40046652
Description: viii, 347 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Epidemic, ideas and classical Athenian society / James Longrigg --
Disease, dragons and saints: the management of epidemics in the Dark Ages / Peregrine Horden --
Epidemic disease in formal and popular thought in early Islamic society / Lawrence I. Conrad --
Plague and perceptions of the poor in early modern Italy / Brian Pullan --
Dearth, dirt and fever epidemics: rewriting the history of British 'public health', 1780-1850 / John V. Pickstone --
Epidemics and revolutions: cholera in nineteenth-century Europe / Richard J. Evans --
Hawaiian depopulation as a model for the Amerindian experience / A.W. Crosby --
Plague panic and epidemic politics in India, 1896-1914 / Rajnarayan Chandavarkar --
Plagues of beasts and men: prophetic responses to epidemic in eastern and southern Africa / Terence Ranger --
Syphilis in colonial East and Central Africa: the social construction of an epidemic / Megan Vaughan --
The early years of AIDS in the United Kingdom 1981-6: historical perspectives / Virginia Berridge.
Series Title: Past and present publications.
Responsibility: edited by Terence Ranger and Paul Slack.

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