A Pest in the Land: New World Epidemics in a Global Perspective

A Pest in the Land: New World Epidemics in a Global Perspective

by Suzanne Austin Alchon

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826328717
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 03/28/2003
Series: Dialogos Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Suzanne Austin Alchon is Associate Professor of history at the University of Delaware.

Table of Contents

Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. Old World Epidemiology to 1500
The Universal Nature of Human Responses to Disease
The Origins and History of Human Disease in the Old World
The Significance of the Old World Disease Experience
Chapter 2. Amerindians and Disease Before 1492
Dating the Arrival of Humans in the New World
Health and Disease Before 1492
Patterns of Mortality among Hunter-Gatherers
Patterns of Mortality among Sedentary Agriculturalists
Chapter 3. Colonialism, Disease, and the Spanish Conquest of the Caribbean, Mesoamerica, and the Central Andes
The Introduction of Old World Diseases to the Americas The Smallpox Epidemic of 1518 Mexico
Central America
The Andes
The Old World and the New
Chapter 4. Colonialism and Disease in Brazil and North America
Brazil
North America
Florida and the Southeast
The Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico
The Northeastern United States and Canada
California and the Pacific Northwest
The Great Plains
Brazil and North America in Comparative Perspective
Chapter 5. New World Epidemics and European Colonialism Native American and European Responses to Epidemic Disease
The Impact of European Colonialism
Motives and Methods: Military Conquest
Indigenous Slavery
Indigenous Labor and Migration
Conclusion
Appendix. The Demographic Debate
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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