War Epidemics: An Historical Geography of Infectious Diseases in Military Conflict and Civil Strife, 1850-2000 (Oxford Geographical and Environmental Studies Series)

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9780198233640: War Epidemics: An Historical Geography of Infectious Diseases in Military Conflict and Civil Strife, 1850-2000 (Oxford Geographical and Environmental Studies Series)

Down the ages, war epidemics have decimated the fighting strength of armies, caused the suspension and cancellation of military operations, and have brought havoc to the civil populations of belligerent and non-belligerent states alike. This book examines the historical occurrence and geographical spread of infectious diseases in association with past wars. It addresses an intrinsically geographical question: how are the spatial dynamics of epidemics influenced by military operations and the directives of war? The term historical geography in the title indicates the authors' primary concern with qualitative analyses of archival source materials over a 150-year time period from 1850, and this is combined with quantitative analyses less frequently associated with historical studies.

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Matthew Smallman-Raynor is Professor of Analytical Geography at the University of Nottingham. Andrew Cliff is Professor of Theoretical Geography at the University of Cambridge.

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"War Epidemics is a Brobdingnagian work of careful and enlightening scholarship. Drawn from what appears to be nearly two decades of research, Matthew Smallman-Raynor and Andrew Cliff have produced a magnum opus on war and disease that will likely be used by scholars for the next century."--The Geographical Review


"The authors have made their text accessible to those lacking in statistical or epidemiological background by placing the more technical material in appendices to the relevant chapters. The book's individual sections will be read with great profit as much by undergraduates taking specialist options as by advanced researchers. Overall the authors are to be congratulated on a monumental achievement."-- John Landers, Population Studies


"It is an invaluable resource for disease and public health data analyzed by time, geography, and technology, plus specific sections on 158 diseases."--Military History


"Highly recommended."--CHOICE


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