Journals Higher Education



Published: 12 June 2018

656 Pages | 13 b/w images/maps

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198819660

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Hate and Compassion from the Plague of Athens to AIDS

Samuel K. Cohn, Jr.

  • A study of the history of epidemics, stretching from the 5th century BCE to the 2014 Ebola crisis
  • Challenges the dominant hypothesis that epidemics invariably provoke hatred, blaming of the "other", and victimizing bearers of epidemic diseases
  • Investigates thousands of descriptions of epidemics throughout history, including the Black Death, Cholera, Smallpox, and AIDS
  • Offers a new view of the Black Death and how short-lived were its effects of hate, violence, and division