McNEILL, John Robert
Something new under the sun: An environmental history of the twentieth-century world.New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2000.
Subjects: BIOLOGY › Ecology / Environment › History of Ecology / Environment, Environmental Science & Health › History of Environmental Science
Mosquito empires: Ecology and war in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914.Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
"explores the links among ecology, disease, and international politics in the context of the Greater Caribbean - the landscapes lying between Surinam and the Chesapeake - in the seventeenth through early twentieth centuries. Ecological changes made these landscapes especially suitable for the vector mosquitoes of yellow fever and malaria, and these diseases wrought systematic havoc among armies and would-be settlers. Because yellow fever confers immunity on survivors of the disease, and because malaria confers resistance, these diseases played partisan roles in the struggles for empire and revolution, attacking some populations more severely than others. In particular, yellow fever and malaria attacked newcomers to the region, which helped keep the Spanish Empire Spanish in the face of predatory rivals in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. In the late eighteenth and through the nineteenth century, these diseases helped revolutions to succeed by decimating forces sent out from Europe to prevent them"(publisher).
Subjects: COUNTRIES, CONTINENTS AND REGIONS › Caribbean, EPIDEMIOLOGY › History of Epidemiology, INFECTIOUS DISEASE › VECTOR-BORNE DISEASES › Mosquito-Borne Diseases › Malaria › History of Malaria, INFECTIOUS DISEASE › VECTOR-BORNE DISEASES › Mosquito-Borne Diseases › Yellow Fever › History of Yellow Fever