Plagues and Peoples By William H. McNeill

  • Narrated by: Douglas James
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Release date: 05-06-24

Plagues and Peoples By William H. McNeill AudioBook summary

The history of disease is the history of humankind: an interpretation of the world as seen through the extraordinary impact—political, demographic, ecological, and psychological—of disease on cultures.

A book of the first importance, a truly revolutionary work. —The New Yorker

From the conquest of Mexico by smallpox as much as by the Spanish, to the bubonic plague in China, to the typhoid epidemic in Europe, William H. McNeill’s Plagues and Peoples is a brilliantly conceptualized and challenging achievement (Kirkus Reviews). Upon its original publication, Plagues and Peoples was an immediate critical and popular success, offering a radically new interpretation of world history. With the identification of AIDS in the early 1980s, another chapter was added to this chronicle of events, which William McNeill explores in his introduction to this edition. McNeill’s highly acclaimed work is a brilliant and challenging account of the effects of disease on human history. His sophisticated analysis and detailed grasp of the subject make this book fascinating.


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