Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914

Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914

by J. R. McNeill
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521452864

ISBN-13: 9780521452861

Pub. Date: 12/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book explores the links among ecology, disease, and international politics in the context of the Greater Caribbean - the landscapes lying between Surinam 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

Overview

This book explores the links among ecology, disease, and international politics in the context of the Greater Caribbean - the landscapes lying between Surinam 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. In particular, yellow fever and malaria attacked newcomers to the region, which helped keep the Spanish Empire Spanish in the face of predatory rivals in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. In the late eighteenth and through the nineteenth century, these diseases helped revolutions to succeed by decimating forces sent out from Europe to prevent them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521452861
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2009
Series:
New Approaches to the Americas Series
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Part I. Setting the Scene: 1. The argument: mosquito determinism and its limits;
2. Atlantic empires and Caribbean ecology;
3. Deadly fevers, deadly doctors;
Part II. Imperial Mosquitoes: 4. From Recife to Kourou: yellow fever takes hold, 1620-1764;
5. Cartagena and Havana: yellow fever rampant;
Part III. Revolutionary Mosquitoes: 6. Lord Cornwallis vs. anopheles quadrimaculatus, 1780-1781;
7. Revolutionary fevers: Haiti, New Granada, and Cuba, 1790-1898; 8. Epilogue: vector and virus vanquished.

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