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Geographies of Plague Pandemics



The book attempts to synthesis our current understanding of the spatial and temporal dynamics of plague, Yersinia pestis, and its environmental, political, economic, and social impacts from Ancient Greece to the modern day. This book also explores the identity of plague DNA, its human mortality, and the source of ancient and modern plagues. Welford also examines the role plague played in transfer of power from Mediterranean Europe to Northwestern Europe during the 500 years that plague raged across the continent until its European extinction in 1815. He also shows how recent colonial structures influenced the spread and mortality of plague while changing colonial histories. In addition, the Geographies of Plague provides critical insight into how plague has shaped modern medicine, public health, and disease monitoring, and what role, if any, plague might play as a terror weapon. The scope and breath of Geographies of Plague Pandemcis offers geographers, historians, biologists, and public health educators among many others the opportunity to explore the deep connections among disease and human existence.
March 2018: 156pp
17 illustrations
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Chapter 1 Plague, its emergence and
persistence through recent human
history Chapter 2 The Athenian Pandemic
Chapter 3 Antonine Pandemic and
Justinianic Plague
Chapter 4 The medieval Black Death
Arrives in Europe
Chapter 5 The scourge of Y. pestis re-
emerges and persists from 1361 to 1879
Chapter 6 Re-emergence in China and
spread to Singapore, Taiwan, Bombay,
San Francisco and Australia before 1901
Chapter 7 1901 to present
Chapter 8 Weaponized Plague and
Plague Surveillance
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Geographies of Plague
The Spatial-Temporal Behavior of Plague to
the Modern Day
Mark Welford
Series: Geographies of Health Series
Geographies of Plague Pandemics syntheses our current
understanding of the spatial and temporal dynamics of
plague, Yersinia pestis. The environmental, political,
economic, and social impacts of the plague from Ancient
Greece to the modern day are examined. Chapters explore
the identity of plague DNA, its human mortality, and the
source of ancient and modern plagues. This book also
discusses the role plague has played in shifting power from
Mediterranean Europe to Northwestern Europe during the
500 years that plague raged across the continent.
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... 2 Note that, to complicate matters, in the plague literature the term "pandemic" is also used to distinguish between a "First Pandemic", which would have started with Justinian's plague of 540-41 but would have included a series of outbreaks until around 750, when the infection disappeared from Europe and the broader Mediterranean area, and a "Second Pandemic" which started with the Black Death but also included a string of later outbreaks that ended only in the early nineteenth century (Kohn 2007;Little 2007;Alfani and Murphy 2017). Finally a "Third pandemic" originated in China, in the Yunnan area, towards the end of the nineteenth century and is still ongoing (Ziegler 2015;Alfani and Murphy 2017;Welford 2018). In this article, when referring to plagues the term "pandemic" will be used ...
... Bar some relatively minor outbreaks in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century, all due to re-infection from the broader Mediterranean area(Alfani and Melegaro 2010;Welford 2018). ...
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