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Europe and the People without History
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Plagues and Peoples
This book describes the dramatic impact of infectious diseases on the rise and fall of civilisations. Plague demoralized the Athenian army during the Peloponnesian war, and ravaged the Roman Empire.Expand
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America's Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918
Worldwide, between 21 and 50 million people died of influenza during the 1918 pandemic, and within the United States, Crosby figures the total number of deaths at about 650 000. These are substantialExpand
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Keeping Together in Time: Dance and Drill in Human History.
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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 theExpand
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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 aExpand
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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 originalExpand
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Silent Travelers: Germs, Genes, and the 'Immigrant Menace,'
As explained in the last chapter, this book has four themes. First and most prominent is the "double helix of health and fear of the foreign born." Kraut is particularly fond of this awkwardExpand
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