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Disease & History (rev., 2nd ed.)
Frederick F. Cartwright (au); Michael Biddiss (au). Explores the impact of disease on the processes of history. Traces the influence of disease on the civilizations, the armies, & the leaders that dominate history. Demonstrates that even the most powerful individuals & societies can be & have been fatally weakened by disease. Some examples are: plagues that drained the strength of ancient Athens & Rome; the Black Death that devastated Europe in the 14th cent., giving rise to dissident religious sects; venereal disease, which may have prevented King Henry VIII from producing a male heir; smallpox brought with Cortez that devastated the Aztecs in Mexico; & typhus, which helped the Russians defeat Napoleon’s army. ”For anyone fascinated by the hand that fate has taken in human history.” Ill.
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