Biological Consequences of the European Expansion, 1450-1800

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A collection of research from the 1950s through the early 1990s, transcending the nationalist approach to examine the European presence beyond Europe. Focus is on biological and especially medical and demographic consequences of European expansion in the Americas, with papers on epidemiology and the slave trade, New World depopulation, fear of hot climates in the Anglo-American colonial experience, smallpox in aboriginal Australia, disease and infertility, and Europe's initial population explosion. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780860785187
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Series: Expanding World Series
  • Pages: 406
  • Product dimensions: 9.61 (w) x 6.65 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
1 The Origin and Antiquity of Syphilis: Paleopathological Diagnosis and Interpretation 1
2 Disease and the Depopulation of Hispaniola, 1492-1518 37
3 New World Depopulation and the Case of Disease 71
4 Conquistador y Pestilencia: The First New World Pandemic and the Fall of the Great Indian Empires 91
5 An Outline of Andean Epidemic History to 1720 109
6 Epidemiology and the Slave Trade 133
7 The Influence of Disease on Race, Logistics and Colonization in the Antilles 161
8 Fear of Hot Climates in the Anglo-American Colonial Experience 175
9 Of Agues and Fevers: Malaria in the Early Chesapeake 203
10 Smallpox and the Indians in the American Colonies 233
11 The Significance of Disease in the Extinction of the New England Indians 251
12 Smallpox in Aboriginal Australia, 1829-1831 275
13 Disease and Infertility: A New Look at the Demographic Collapse of Native Populations in the Wake of Western Contact 297
14 Creative Disruptions in American Agriculture, 1620-1820 323
15 Europe's Initial Population Explosion 343
Index 361
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