Title Epidemics and the Modern World
Author Mitchell L Hammond
ISBN 9781487593735
List price USD 54.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 536
Book size 191 X 235 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher University of Toronto Press
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“This is a most welcome, student-friendly textbook on the history of human disease since the Black Death. Alive to the many issues surrounding disease history, Epidemics and the Modern World is a smoothly readable text, complemented by many documents, maps, and images. Hammond’s book will make it a lot easier to teach the subject.”

—J.R. McNeill, Georgetown University

“Engaging to read, Epidemics and the Modern World uses fascinating stories to appeal to students and teachers, weaving together global modernity and disease. The inclusion of Science Focus workshops is an innovative way to explore evolving medical understandings of disease to humanities and social science students. Visually appealing, this is going to be a popular textbook.”

—Esyllt Jones, University of Manitoba


Epidemics and the Modern World explores the relationships between epidemics and key themes in modern history. Our institutions, colonial structures, relationships to animals, and perceptions of suffering, sexuality, race, and disability have all shaped – and been shaped by – these significant medical events.

This book uses “biographies” of epidemics such as plague, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS to explore the impact of disease on the development of modern societies from the fourteenth century to the present. Drawing on the most recent science of genetics, microbiology, and climatology, this text includes “Science Focus” boxes that discuss important scientific concepts and technologies. Structured workshop sections with engaging primary sources help readers develop skills of interpretation and gain knowledge of key historical events.

Epidemics and the Modern World assumes no prior experience with the history of science or medicine and is accessible for undergraduate students, while its challenging approach to the history of the modern world will engage readers of all levels and all interests.



Figures  and Maps

Science Focus Boxes and Workshops

Preface and acknowledgements




Chapter1. Bubonic Plague and the Modern State

Chapter 2. Sex, Gender, and the Pox of Many Names

Chapter 3. Smallpox and American Catastrophe

Chapter 4. Yellow Fever, Race, and the Era of Revolution

Chapter 5. Cholera and the Industrial City

Chapter 6. Tuberculosis, Social Control, and Self-Control

Chapter 7. Rinderpest, Imperialism, and Ecological Upheaval

Chapter 8. Influenza 1918–One Pandemic, Many Experiences

Chapter 9. Malaria and Modern Landscapes

Chapter 10. Illness, Disability, and the Struggle for Inclusion

Chapter 11. The Faces of HIV/AIDS



Bibliography of Workshop Texts


About the Author:

Mitchell L Hammond is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Victoria.

Target Audience:

Useful for people interested in the history of epidemics.


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