Geographies of Plague Pandemics: The Spatial-Temporal Behavior of Plague to the Modern Day, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Geographies of Plague Pandemics

The Spatial-Temporal Behavior of Plague to the Modern Day, 1st Edition

By Mark Welford


156 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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Geographies of Plague Pandemics synthesizes our current understanding of the spatial and temporal dynamics of plague, Yersinia pestis. The environmental, political, economic, and social impacts of the plague from Ancient Greece to the modern day are examined. Chapters explore the identity of plague DNA, its human mortality, and the source of ancient and modern plagues. This book also discusses the role plague has played in shifting power from Mediterranean Europe to north-western Europe during the 500 years that plague has raged across the continent. The book demonstrates how recent colonial structures influenced the spread and mortality of plague while changing colonial histories. In addition, this book provides critical insight into how plague has shaped modern medicine, public health, and disease monitoring, and what role, if any, it might play as a terror weapon.

The scope and breadth of Geographies of Plague Pandemics offers geographers, historians, biologists, and public health educators the opportunity to explore the deep connections among disease and human existence.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Plague, its emergence and persistence through recent human history Chapter 2 The Athenian Pandemic Chapter 3 Antonine Pandemic and Justinianic Plague Chapter 4 The medieval Black Death Arrives in Europe Chapter 5 The scourge of Y. pestis re-emerges and persists from 1361 to 1879 Chapter 6 Re-emergence in China and spread to Singapore, Taiwan, Bombay, San Francisco and Australia before 1901 Chapter 7 1901 to present Chapter 8 Weaponized Plague and Plague Surveillance

About the Author

Mark Welford is a nature-society geographer at Georgia Southern University. His research interests include: environmental change in, and conservation of, tropical montane environments; hurricanes and climate change; and the spatial dynamics of historical pandemics. He has taught at Georgia Southern since 1993. He has also directed Study Abroad Trips to the Ecuador, India, the Czech Republic, Poland and Italy.

About the Series

Geographies of Health Series

Geographies of Health Series
There is growing interest in the geographies of health and a continued interest in what has more traditionally been labeled medical geography. The traditional focus of ’medical geography’ on areas such as disease ecology, health service provision and disease mapping (all of which continue to reflect a mainly quantitative approach to inquiry) has evolved to a focus on a broader, theoretically informed epistemology of health geographies in an expanded international reach. As a result, we now find this subdiscipline characterized by a strongly theoretically-informed research agenda, embracing a range of methods (quantitative; qualitative and the integration of the two) of inquiry concerned with questions of: risk; representation and meaning; inequality and power; culture and difference, among others. Health mapping and modeling, has simultaneously been strengthened by the technical advances made in multilevel modeling, advanced spatial analytic methods and GIS, while further engaging in questions related to health inequalities, population health and environmental degradation. This series publishes superior quality research monographs and edited collections representing contemporary applications in the field; this encompasses original research as well as advances in methods, techniques and theories. The Geographies of Health series will capture the interest of a broad body of scholars, within the social sciences, the health sciences and beyond.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography