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Death by Migration: Europe's Encounter with the Tropical World in the Nineteenth Century / Edition 1
     

Death by Migration: Europe's Encounter with the Tropical World in the Nineteenth Century / Edition 1

by Philip D. Curtin, Philip Curtin
 

ISBN-10: 0521389224

ISBN-13: 9780521389228

Pub. Date: 04/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

From the beginning of European trade and conquest overseas, Europeans have known they died from the effect of the strange "climate." Later, they came to understand that it was disease, not climate, that killed, but the fact remained that every trading voyage, every military expedition beyond Europe, had its price in European lives lost. For European soldiers in the

Overview

From the beginning of European trade and conquest overseas, Europeans have known they died from the effect of the strange "climate." Later, they came to understand that it was disease, not climate, that killed, but the fact remained that every trading voyage, every military expedition beyond Europe, had its price in European lives lost. For European soldiers in the tropics at the beginning of the nineteenth century, this added cost in deaths from disease—the "relocation cost"—meant a death rate at least twice that of soldiers who stayed home. This book is partly a statistical exposition of the changing death rates of European Algeria, the British West Indies, and southern India—by cause of death from disease—set against the comparable figures for those who stayed at home in France or Great Britain. About two-thirds of the book is devoted to a discussion of what Europeans at the time thought about the possible causes of relocation costs and what they did to remedy them in actual medical practice in the colonies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521389228
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables, figures, and maps; Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. The mortality revolution and the tropical world: relocation costs in the early nineteenth century; 2. Sanitation and tropical hygiene at mid-century; 3. Killing diseases of the tropical world; 4. Relocation costs in the late nineteenth century; 5. The revolution in hygiene and tropical medicine; 6. The pursuit of disease, 1870-1914; Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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