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The savage wars of peace : England, Japan, and the Malthusian trap

Author: Alan Macfarlane
Publisher: Basingstoke : PalgraveMacmillan, 2003.
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Through a detailed comparative analysis of English and Japanese history it explores such matters as the destruction of war, decline of famine, importance of certain drinks (especially tea), the use  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Macfarlane
ISBN: 1403904324 9781403904324
OCLC Number: 59468091
Notes: Originally published: Oxford : Blackwell, 1997.
Description: xxxv, 427 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction PART ONE: THE TRAP The Malthusian Trap Two Islands PART TWO: WARS OF PEACE Natural Environment, Culture and Human Labour The Destruction of War The Nature, Causes and Elimination of Famine Food and Nutrition PART THREE: THE BODY Dysentry, Typhoid, Cholera and the Water Supply Drink: Milk, Water, Beer and Tea Two Methods for the Disposal of Human Excrement PART FOUR: ON THE BODY Vector-borne Diseases: Plague, Typhus and Malaria Public Environs: Streets, Fields and Markets Housing and Health Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Bodily Hygiene: Bathing and Washing Changing Concepts of Dirt and Cleanliness PART FIVE: IN THE AIR Air-borne Diseases: Smallpox, Measles and Tuberculosis PART SIX: IN THE WOMB Fertility, Marriage and Sexual Relations Biology and Contraception Abortion and Infanticide Strategies of Heirship PART SEVEN: OUTCOME Design and Chance
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