Disease and Empire: The Health of European Troops in the Conquest of Africa

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Cambridge University Press, May 28, 1998 - 256 páginas
Before the nineteenth century, European soldiers serving in the tropics died from disease at a rate several times higher than that of soldiers serving at home. Then, from about 1815 to 1914, the death rates of European soliders, both those serving at home and abroad, dropped by nearly 90%. But this drop applied mainly to soliders in barracks. Soldiers on campaign, especially in the tropics, continued to die from disease at rates as high as ever, in sharp contrast to the drop in barracks death rates. This book, first published in 1998, examines the practice of military medicine during the conquest of Africa, especially in the 1880s and 1890s. Curtin examines what was done, what was not done, and the impact of doctors' successes and failures on the willingness of Europeans to embark on imperial adventures.
 

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THE WEST AFRICAN DISEASE BACKGROUND
1
THE MARCH TO MAGDALA
29
THE MARCH TO KUMASI
49
TROPICAL CONQUEST IN WEST AFRICA
74
TYPHOID AND THE EGYPTIAN GARRISON
113
THE TYPHOID CAMPAIGNS NORTHEASTERN AFRICA IN THE 1880S
149
MADAGASCAR AND OMDURMAN THE LAST CAMPAIGNS IN EASTERN AFRICA
175
THE ANGLOBOER WAR THE LAST OF THE TYPHOID CAMPAIGNS
202
RETROSPECT
228
STATISTICAL TABLES
233
BIBLIOGRAPHY
241
INDEX
249
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Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philip de Armond Curtin was educated at Swarthmore College and at Harvard University, from which he received a Ph.D. in history in 1953. That same year he joined the Swarthmore faculty as an instructor and assistant professor. In 1956, he moved on to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he remained for 14 years. During that time he was chair of the Wisconsin University Program in Comparative World History, the Wisconsin African Studies Program, and for five years, Melville J. Herskovits Professor. In 1975, he joined the department of history at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to holding Guggenheim fellowships in 1966 and 1980 and being a senior fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Curtin has taken a leadership role in various organizations, including the African Studies Association, the International Congress of Africanists, and the American Historical Association. He also has gained recognition for his influential books on African history, including The Image of Africa (1964), Africa Remembered (1967), and The Atlantic Slave Trade: A Census (1969). In the latter, he demonstrated that the number of Africans who reached the New World during the centuries of the trans-Atlantic slave trade had been highly exaggerated.

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