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  1. CORE READING 14 items
    1. Guns, germs and steel: the fates of human societies - Jared M. Diamond 1997

      Book Recommended

    2. Plagues and peoples - W. H. McNeill 1979

      Book Essential

    3. Epidemics and Ideas: Essays on the Historical Perception of Pestilence - T. O. Ranger, Paul Slack 1992

      Book Optional

    4. Explaining epidemics and other studies in the history of medicine - C. E. Rosenberg 1992

      Book Recommended

    5. Epidemics and history: disease, power, and imperialism - S. J. Watts c1997

      Book Optional

    6. Questioning Collapse - Cambridge University Press

      Webpage Optional Chapter 8. David Cahill, "Advanced Andeans and Backward Europeans: Structure and Agency in the Collapse of the Inca Empire," pp. 207-239

    7. Rats, lice, and history - Hans Zinsser c2008

      Book Essential

  2. Week 10: The ‘Overshadowed’ Killer: pandemic influenza in World War I 5 items
    1. America's forgotten pandemic: the influenza of 1918 - Alfred W. Crosby c2003

      Book Recommended

    2. The Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918-19: new perspectives - H. Phillips, David Killingray 2003

      Book Recommended Niall Johnson, ‘The Overshadowed Killer: Influenza in Britain in 1918-19’, ), pp. 132-54.

  3. Week 8: Retreat from Moscow: typhus and le Grande Armée (microbial defenders part II). 5 items
    1. Disease and history - Frederick Fox Cartwright, Michael D. Biddiss 1991, c1972

      Book  Chapter Five, ‘General Napoleon and General Typhus’, pp. 83-107.

    2. Napoleon's doctors: the medical services of the Grande Armée - Martin R. Howard 2006


    3. Rats, lice, and history - Hans Zinsser c2008


  4. Week 3: The Black Death: demographic deficits. 9 items
    1. The Black Death: the great mortality of 1348-1350 : a brief history with documents - John Aberth c2005

      Book Essential Primary text. Chapt 4. Societal and Economic Impact, pp. 67-93, esp. Giovanni Boccaccio, "Introduction to the Decameron"; Ahmad Al-Maqrizi, "A History of the Ayyubis and Mamluks."

    2. The black death in England - Mark Ormrod, Phillip G. Lindley 1996

      Book  Chapt. 1. Jim Bolton, "'The world upside down:' plague as an agent of economic and social change,"pp. 17-79.

    3. The Black Death: an intimate history - John Hatcher 2008

      Book Optional This is a historian's "imagining" of first-hand experiences of the Black Death. It is most definitely not a primary text, but to the extent that it is based on primary documents and informed by Hatcher's deep knowledge of the period it is worth reading.

    4. The Black Death, 1346-1353: the complete history - Ole Jørgen Benedictow 2004


  5. Week 2: Plague and the Fall of Athens. 5 items
    1. History of the Peloponnesian War - Thucydides 2005, 22/08/2014

      Webpage Essential Primary text

    2. Epidemics and Ideas: Essays on the Historical Perception of Pestilence - T. O. Ranger, Paul Slack 1992

      Book Essential James Longrigg, ‘Epidemic, Ideas and Classical Athenian Society’, pp. 21-44

    3. How Hippocrates Cured the Plague - Rubin Pinault, Jody Jan 1, 1986

      Article Recommended

    4. Plague and the end of antiquity: the pandemic of 541-750 - Lester K. Little 2007

      Book Optional Chapt 2. Jo N. Hays, “Historians and Epidemics: Simple Questions, Complex Answers,” pp. 33-59.

    5. Thucydides - W. Robert Connor c1984

      Book Optional

  6. Week 5: The fall of the Inca Empire (disease and conquest part II). 7 items
    1. Born to die - Library Discovery

      Webpage Essential Please read pp. 72-83, 'Tawantisuyu', and pp. 110-133, 'Widespread influenza and smallpox.'

    2. Narrative of the Incas - Juan de Betanzos, Roland Hamilton, Dana Buchanan

      Book Recommended

    3. The second part of the Chronicle of Peru : Cieza de León, Pedro de, 1518-1554 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

      Webpage Essential Before seminar please read and print off Chapter LXVIII, How Huayna Capac returned to Quito, pp. 220-228 (corresponding to pp. 288-319 of pdf)

    4. Virgin Soils Revisited - David S. Jones 01/10/2003


  7. Week 4: The fall of the Aztec empire (disease and conquest part I). 9 items
    1. Conquest: Montezuma, Cortés, and the fall of old Mexico - Hugh Thomas 1995, c1993

      Book Recommended

  8. Week 9: Cholera, Revolution, and Social Change. 7 items
    1. The burdens of disease: epidemics and human response in western history - J. N. Hays c2009

      Book Essential 'Cholera and Sanitation', pp. 135-154.

    2. Explaining epidemics and other studies in the history of medicine - C. E. Rosenberg 1992

      Book Recommended Read Chapter 6, 'Cholera in nineteenth century Europe: a tool for social and economic analysis', pp. 109-121.

    3. Death in Hamburg: society and politics in the cholera years 1830-1910 - R. J. Evans 1990

      Book Optional Chapter 5, Dimensions of inequality, pp. 403-15; Chapter 6, Remaking a world: The Limits of Compassion, pp. 470-90; Poverty and the state. pp. 508-38.

    4. Disease and civilization: the cholera in Paris, 1832 - François Delaporte c1986

      Book Optional

  9. Week 6: Haiti and yellow fever (microbial defenders part I) 7 items
    1. The black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo revolution - C. L. R. James, James Walvin 2001

      Book Essential

    2. Mosquito empires: ecology and war in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914 - John Robert McNeill, American Council of Learned Societies 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential Read Chapter 7: 'Revolutionary Fevers, 1790-1898: Haiti, New Granada, and Cuba', pp. 235-265.

    3. Marcus Rainsford, An Historical Account of the Black Empire of Hayti: Comprehending a View of the Principal Transactions in the Revolution of Saint Domingo: with Its Ancient and Modern State

      Book Optional This is an eyewitness account of the Haitian wars of independence told by a former British soldier and admirer of L'Ouverture who was resident on St Domingue throughout the skirmishes. For L'Ouverture's resistance to Napoleon and Dessalines' victory over the French see pp. 264-357.

  10. Week 11. Polio in Syria: war as a disease amplifier 8 items
    1. Syria’s Polio Epidemic: The Suppressed Truth - Annie Sparrow Jessica T. Mathews Avishai Margalit Jerome Groopman George B. Stauffer Ingrid D. Rowland Claire Messud Robert Cottrell Ahmed Rashid Riccardo Manzotti and Tim Parks 2014

      Article Essential

    2. Contagion and chaos: disease, ecology, and national security in the era of globalization - Andrew T. Price-Smith, Andrew T. Price-Smith c2009

      Book Essential Andrew T. Price-Smith, ‘War as a Disease Amplifier’

    3. Syria: The Other Threat - Annie Sparrow David Luban Annie Sparrow Annie Sparrow Sylvain Cypel J. Hoberman Ariel Dorfman Francine Prose Bruce Ackerman Garry Wills Laura Kipnis Ferdinand Mount Julian Bell Pankaj Mishra

      Article Recommended

    4. War and Infectious Diseases: Challenges of the Syrian Civil War - Sima L. Sharara, Souha S. Kanj 13/11/2014

      Article Recommended

    5. Infectious diseases: emergence and re-emergence : a geographical analysis

      Book Recommended Free E-book. Download Part II, Chapter 8: 'Disease Amplifiers: Wars and conflicts in the post-1945 era', pp. 428-482

  11. Week 12. Ebola in West Africa: war, securitisation and neglect 4 items
    1. The coming plague: newly emerging diseases in a world out of balance - Laurie Garrett 1996

      Book  Searching for Solutions: preparedness, surveillance, and the new understanding’ , pp 592-598

  12. Week 1. Infectious Narratives: an introduction 5 items
    1. Rats, lice, and history - Hans Zinsser c2008

      Book Essential Chapter 1, ‘In the nature of an explanation and an apology,’ pp. 3-14.

    2. Plagues and peoples - W. H. McNeill 1979

      Book Essential especially 'Introduction' and Chapter 5, ‘Transoceanic exchanges, 1500-1700.’

    3. "A Germ of an Idea" - profile of William McNeill and his book, Plagues and Peoples

      Webpage  This is a good introduction to William McNeill and his book, Plagues and Peoples.

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