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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Plagues and Peoples

A disease that becomes a pandemic might be the result of an enemy action. In his 1976 book Plagues and Peoples, William McNeill examines the effects of smallpox in Mexico, the bubonic plague in China, and the typhoid epidemic in Europe, and presents the thesis that infectious diseases have traditionally served as a means of enemy action and often have had a revolutionary impact on cultures. The book also has a chapter on AIDS.

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