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Author McNeill, John Robert.

Title Mosquito empires : ecology and war in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914 / J.R. McNeill.

Publication Info. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.

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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 371 pages) : maps.
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Series New approaches to the Americas
New approaches to the Americas.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-361) and index.
Summary This book explores the links among ecology, disease, and international politics in the context of the Greater Caribbean - the landscapes lying between Suriname 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, and these diseases wrought 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, attacking some populations more severely than others.
Contents The argument (and its limits) in brief -- Atlantic empires and Caribbean ecology -- Deadly fevers, deadly doctors -- Fevers take hold: from Recife to Kourou -- Yellow fever rampant and British ambition repulsed, 1690-1780 -- Lord Cornwallis vs. Anopheles quadrimaculattus, 1780-1781 -- Revolutionary fevers, 1790-1898: Haiti, New Granada, and Cuba -- Conclusion: vector and virus vanquished, 1880-1914.
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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.
Malaria -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Yellow fever -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Mosquitoes -- Caribbean Area -- pathogenicity.
Social change -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Caribbean Region.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
History.
Other Form: Print version: McNeill, John Robert. Mosquito empires. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010 9780521452861 (DLC) 2009037299 (OCoLC)436358468
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