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America's Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918
TLDR
The flu of 1918 and 1919 was utterly different from AIDS, spreading rapidly and laying low a large portion of the entire population in a given locality at once, and with recovery came forgetfulness, even among families where deaths had occurred.
Plagues and Peoples
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Professor McNeill, through an accumulation of evidence, demonstrates the central role of pestilence in human affairs and the extent to which it has changed the course of history.
The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since A.D. 1000
In this magnificent synthesis of military, technological, and social history, William H. McNeill explores a whole millennium of human upheaval and traces the path by which we have arrived at the
The rise of the West : a history of the human community : with a retrospective essay
"The Rise of the West," winner of the National Book Award for history in 1964, is famous for its ambitious scope and intellectual rigor. In it, McNeill challenges the Spengler-Toynbee view that a
The Human Web: A Bird's-Eye View of World History
World-historical questions such as these, the subjects of major works by Jared Diamond, David Landes, and others, are now of great moment as global frictions increase. In a spirited and original
The Black Death in the Middle East
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