By Ken De Bevoise
As waves of epidemic illness 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. although 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, fiscal, technological, cultural, and political methods that have been development for hundreds of years. the tale is considered one of accidental effects, fraught with tragic irony.
De Bevoise makes use of the Philippine case examine to discover the level to which people perform growing their epidemics. reading the archival list with conceptual assistance from the health and wellbeing sciences, he units tropical affliction in a ancient framework that perspectives humans as interacting with, instead of performing inside of, their overall surroundings. The complexity of cause-effect and agency-structure relationships is thereby highlighted. Readers from fields as diversified as Spanish, American, and Philippine historical past, clinical anthropology, colonialism, diplomacy, Asian experiences, and ecology will take advantage of De Bevoise's insights into the interdynamics of historic tactics that attach people and their diseases.
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Agents of Apocalypse: Epidemic Disease in the Colonial Philippines by Ken De Bevoise