Historical geography is an active, theoretically-informed and vibrant field of study within modern geography, with strong interdisciplinary connections with the humanities and the social sciences. The SAGE Handbook of Historical Geography provides an international and in-depth overview of the field with chapters that examine the history, present condition and future significance of historical geography in relation to recent developments and current research. The Handbook is in two volumes, divided across nine parts. Volume One includes commentaries on the history and geography of historical geography, and reviews how historical geographers have considered the appropriation, management and representation of landscape, the changing geographies of property, land, money and financial capital, and the demographic, medical and political analysis of the world's growing and mobile population. Volume Two shows how historical geographers have made significant contributions to geopolitical debates about the relationships between nation-states and empires, to environmental challenges posed by human interaction with the natural world, to studies of the cultural, intellectual and political implications of modern science and technology, and to investigations of communicative action, artefacts, performances and representations. The final part reviews the methodological and ethical challenges of historical geography as a publicly engaged research practice. Part 1: Histories and Geographies; Part 2: Land and Landscapes; Part 3: Property and Money; Part 4: Population and Mobility; Part 5: Territory and Geopolitics; Part 6: Environment and Nature; Part 7: Science and Technology; Part 8: Meaning and Communication; and Part 9: Studies in Practice.

Chapter 22: Disease: Dangerous Vectors

Disease: Dangerous Vectors

Disease: dangerous vectors
Paul S. B. Jackson


Disease histories typically have grand narratives. Microscopic pathogens are said to dictate the fate of wars, cities, even civilizations. These histories trace how a disease can ruin a place or an empire unless resourceful doctors find a cure. Medical and political authorities have long pondered: why do evil and destructive diseases even exist? Thomas Malthus's answer arguably had the greatest effect on nineteenth-century thought and beyond, shaping how disease histories have been written. For Malthus's believers, disease was a check on unseen forces and naturalized laws, in particular population growth. In Malthus's writings, the power of population described a fluctuating, uncontrolled human mass fuelled by food, sex, and welfare. Malthus feared both the excesses of life ...

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