The Great Pneumonic Plague of 1910-1911

The Great Manchurian Plague of 1910-1911: Geopolitics of an Epidemic Disease by William C. Summers Yale U Press, 2012 Manchuria was a political mess at the turn of the 20th century. Although it was the homeland of the Qing dynasty, the Chinese considered it a backwater. Japan and Russia on the other hand saw it... Continue Reading →

Opening the Plague Files

Book Citation: A.P. Cook & N.D. Cook.  The Plague Files: Crisis Management in Sixteenth-Century Seville.  Louisiana State University Press, 2009. 296 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8071-4360-5. Topic: Public Health Crisis Management Time and Place: Seville, Spanish Empire, 1579-1581. Audience:  Those interested in history, crisis management, public health, and political science; written for a general audience. Discussion: The... Continue Reading →

Japanese Use of Plague during World War II

I've been reading Sheldon Harris' Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare, 1932-1945, and the American Cover-up. (Rev. ed, 2002), considered the definitive book on biological warfare in the Pacific theater during WWII. My primary interest is in Japanese research and use of plague in their biological warfare program.  Since this blog is, in part, a... Continue Reading →

Paul Slack’s Plague: A Very Short Introduction

Book Citation: Paul Slack. (2012) Plague: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-19-958954-8. Pocket size paperback, 138 pages. $11.95 {#307 of Oxford's Very Short Introduction series} Topic: The Plague Time and Place: Primarily Europe from c. 540- c. 1910 Audience: General audience. Intended as an introduction to the topic for anyone with... Continue Reading →

The Dancing Plague of 1518

John Waller. The Dancing Plague: The Strange, True Story of an Extraordinary Illness. Sourcebooks, 2009 (paperback). Previously published as A Time to Dance, A Time to Die: The Extraordinary Story of the Dancing Plague of 1518 (Icon books, hardback, 2008). Topic: Dancing Mania, choreomania Time and Place: Strasbourg, Holy Roman Empire, 1518 Audience: General Discussion:... Continue Reading →

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