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War Epidemics

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

War Epidemics by Matthew Smallman-Raynor
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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 bymilitary 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 withhistorical studies.Written from the viewpoints of historical geography, epidemiology, and spatial analysis, this book examines in four parts the historical occurrence and geographical spread of infectious diseases in association with wars. Part I: War and Disease, surveys war-disease associations from early times to 1850. Part II: Temporal Trends studies time trends since 1850. Part III: A Regional Pattern of War Epidemics, examines grand themes in the war-disease complex. Part IV:Prospects, considers a series of war-related issues of epidemiological significance in the twenty-first century.
OUP Oxford; June 2004
842 pages; ISBN 9780191513459
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Title: War Epidemics
Author: Matthew Smallman-Raynor; Andrew Cliff
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