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Epidemics : hate and compassion from the plague of Athens to AIDS

Author: Samuel Kline Cohn, Jr.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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In this study, Samuel K. Cohn, Jr. investigates hundreds of descriptions of epidemics reaching back before the fifth-century-BCE Plague of Athens to the 2014 Ebola outbreak to challenge the dominant hypothesis that epidemics invariably provoke hatred, blaming of the 'other', and victimizing bearers of epidemic diseases.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Kline Cohn, Jr.
ISBN: 9780198819660 0198819668
OCLC Number: 1005103082
Description: viii, 643 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Epidemics in antiquity: the moral universe and natural causes --
Ancient epidemics: what the oracles had to say --
Black Death persecution and abandonment --
Mechanisms for unity: saints and plagues --
Syphilis: naming and blaming? --
Plague spreaders --
Cholera's first European tour: the story in the British Isles --
Cholera on the Continent and in America --
Cholera violence: an Italian story in comparative perspective --
Cholera protest over time --
Smallpox cruelty: the case of North America --
Smallpox and collective violence --
Smallpox violence in Victorian Britain --
Plague since 1894: India --
Plague beyond India --
Myths of plague --
Yellow fever: stories from Philadelphia and Memphis --
Yellow fever: the broader picture --
The great influenza: a forgotten pandemic? --
The great influenza: quarantine and blame --
The great influenza: a pandemic of compassion --
The great influenza: (i) comparative vistas --
The great influenza: (ii) comparative vistas --
beyond the battlefields --
Conclusion --
Epilogue: HIV/AIDS: a pandemic of hate, compassion, and politics.
Responsibility: Samuel K. Cohn, Jr.

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