Agents of Apocalypse: Epidemic Disease in the Colonial by Ken De Bevoise PDF

By Ken De Bevoise

ISBN-10: 0691034869

ISBN-13: 9780691034867

As waves of epidemic disorder swept the Philippines within the overdue 19th century, a few colonial physicians started to worry that the indigenous inhabitants will be burnt up. Many Filipinos interpreted the contagions as a harbinger of the Biblical Apocalypse. even though the direct forebodings went unfulfilled, Philippine morbidity and mortality charges have been the world's optimum throughout the interval 1883-1903. In Agents of Apocalypse, Ken De Bevoise exhibits that these "mourning years" resulted from a conjunction of demographic, financial, technological, cultural, and political procedures that have been development for hundreds of years. the tale is one in every of accidental outcomes, fraught with tragic irony.

De Bevoise makes use of the Philippine case examine to discover the level to which people perform developing their epidemics. reading the archival checklist with conceptual tips from the health and wellbeing sciences, he units tropical illness in a ancient framework that perspectives humans as interacting with, instead of performing inside of, their overall setting. The complexity of cause-effect and agency-structure relationships is thereby highlighted. Readers from fields as various as Spanish, American, and Philippine heritage, clinical anthropology, colonialism, diplomacy, Asian stories, and ecology will make the most of De Bevoise's insights into the interdynamics of ancient procedures that attach people and their diseases.

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