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Disease and Empire: The Health of European Troops in the Conquest of Africa / Edition 1
     

Disease and Empire: The Health of European Troops in the Conquest of Africa / Edition 1

by Philip D. Curtin
 

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ISBN-10: 0521598354

ISBN-13: 9780521598354

Pub. Date: 04/28/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

From 1815 to 1914, death rates of European soldiers, serving both at home and abroad, dropped by nearly ninety percent. But this drop applied mainly to soldiers in barracks. Soldiers on campaign, especially in the tropics, continued to die from disease at rates as high as ever. This book examines the practice of military medicine during the conquest of Africa,

Overview

From 1815 to 1914, death rates of European soldiers, serving both at home and abroad, dropped by nearly ninety percent. But this drop applied mainly to soldiers in barracks. Soldiers on campaign, especially in the tropics, continued to die from disease at rates as high as ever. This book examines the practice of military medicine during the conquest of Africa, especially in the 1880s and 1890s. Curtin examines what was done, what was not done, and the impact of doctors' successes and failures on the willingness of Europeans to embark on imperial adventures.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521598354
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The West African disease background; 2. The march to Magdala; 3. The march to Kumasi; 4. Conquest in the West African tropics, 1879-1900; 5. Typhoid fever and the garrison of Egypt, 1882-1914; 6. The typhoid campaigns: Northeastern Africa in the 1880s; 7. The last campaigns in Eastern Africa: Madagascar and Omdurman, 1895-8; 8. The Anglo-Boer War; 9. Retrospect.

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