The mosquito : a human history of our deadliest predator
—Winegard, Timothy C. (Timothy Charles), 1977- author.
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2019
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Why was gin and tonic the cocktail of choice for British colonists in India and Africa? What does Starbucks have to thank for its global domination? What has protected the lives of popes for millennia? Why did Scotland surrender its sovereignty to England? What was George Washington's secret weapon during the American Revolution? The answer to all these questions, and many more, is the mosquito. Across our planet since the dawn of humankind, this nefarious pest, roughly the size and weight of a grape seed, has been at the frontlines of history as the grim reaper, the harvester of human populations, and the ultimate agent of historical change. As the mosquito transformed the landscapes of civilization, humans were unwittingly required to respond to its piercing impact and universal projection of power. The mosquito has determined the fates of empires and nations, razed and crippled economies, and decided the outcome of pivotal wars, killing nearly half of humanity along the way. She (only females bite) has dispatched an estimated 52 billion people from a total of 108 billion throughout our relatively brief existence. As the greatest purveyor of extermination we have ever known, she has played a greater role in shaping our human story than any other living thing with which we share our global village.

Item Details
Subjects:
Diseases and history.
Human ecology.
Mosquitoes -- Ecology -- History.
Mosquitoes as carriers of disease.
ISBN:
9781524743413
9780735235793
1524743410
Description:
x, 486 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes:
Canadiana.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 449-461) and index.
Text in English.
Contents:
Introduction
Toxic twins: The mosquito and her diseases
Survival of the fittest: Fever demons, footballs, and sickle cell safeties
General Anopheles: From Athens to Alexander
Mosquito legions: The rise and fall of the Roman Empire
Unrepentant mosquitoes: A crisis of faiths and the Crusades
Mosquito hordes: Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire
The Columbian exchange: Mosquitoes and the global village
Accidental conquerors: African slavery and the mosquito's annexation of the Americas
The seasoning: Mosquito landscapes, mythology, and the seeds of America
Rogues in a nation: The mosquito and the creation of Greater Britain
The crucible of disease: Colonial wars and a new world order
Unalienable bites: The American Revolution
Mercenary mosquitoes: Wars of liberation and the making of the Americas
Mosquitoes of Manifest Destiny: Cotton, slavery, Mexico, and the American South
Sinister angels of our nature: The American Civil War
Unmasking the mosquito: Disease and imperialism
This is Ann: She's dying to meet you : the Second World War, Dr. Seuss, and DDT
Silent springs and superbugs: The mosquito renaissance
The modern mosquito and her diseases: At the gates of extinction
Conclusion.
LCCN:
2019005477
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