War Epidemics: An Historical Geography of Infectious Diseases in Military Conflict and Civil Strife, 1850-2000

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Down the ages, war epidemics have decimated the fighting strength of armies, caused the suspension and cancellation of military operations, and have brought havoc to the civil populations of belligerent and non-belligerent states alike. This book examines the historical occurrence and geographical spread of infectious diseases in association with past wars. It addresses an intrinsically geographical question: how are the spatial dynamics of epidemics influenced by military operations and the directives of war? The term historical geography in the title indicates the authors' primary concern with qualitative analyses of archival source materials over a 150-year time period from 1850, and this is combined with quantitative analyses less frequently associated with historical studies.

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Matthew Smallman-Raynor is Professor of Analytical Geography at the University of Nottingham. Andrew Cliff is Professor of Theoretical Geography at the University of Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I War and disease
1 Wars and war epidemics 3
2 Epidemics in early wars 64
Pt. II Temporal trends
3 Mortality and morbidity in modern wars, I : civil populations 123
4 Mortality and morbidity in modern wars, II : military populations 175
5 Mortality and morbidity in modern wars, III : displaced populations 231
Pt. III A regional pattern of war epidemics
6 Tracking epidemics 307
7 Pan America : military mobilization and disease in the United States 349
8 Europe : camp epidemics 415
9 Asia and the Far East : emerging and re-emerging diseases 480
10 Africa : soldiers, sexually transmitted diseases, and war 527
11 Oceania : war epidemics in South Pacific Islands 566
12 Further regional studies 612
Pt. IV Prospects
13 War and disease : recent trends and future threats 689
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