- Hardcover: 258 pages
- Publisher: Lutterworth Press; 1 edition (January 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718829492
- ISBN-13: 978-0718829490
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,179,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Armies of Pestilence: The Effects of Pandemics on History 1st Edition
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"During the Thirty Years War Germany lost half of its population mostly to typhus and the consequent demographic collapse of Central Europe in the seventeenth-century delayed any substantial recovery from the decline already caused by the Black Death and postponed the recovery of Germany until the rise of Prussia." No, I did not leave out any punctuation; it is a 50 word sentence with zero commas or semicolons. I'm normally not very anal about things like this, but it happens so often as to detract from the message.
His reliance on primarily secondary sources is troublesome. I would prefer to hear why a certain author is wrong based on the primary source evidence. He has a tendency to list statistics, which are no doubt important but need to be introduced in a manner that is readable and understandable.
I would not recommend this book to someone looking for an introduction to disease history; however, if you are well-versed in general history and already know a bit about diseases, you will find it worth a read.