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The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade

The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade

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  • Manuel Barcia
  • Yale University Press
  • Hardcover
  • 9780300215854
  • 9.3 X 6.2 X 1 inches
  • 1.2 pounds
  • History > Modern - 19th Century
  • English
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A pathbreaking history of how participants in the slave trade influenced the growth and dissemination of medical knowledge

As the slave trade brought Europeans, Africans, and Americans into contact, diseases were traded along with human lives. Manuel Barcia examines the battle waged against disease, where traders fought against loss of profits while enslaved Africans fought for survival. Although efforts to control disease and stop epidemics from spreading brought little success, the medical knowledge generated by people on both sides of the conflict contributed to momentous change in the medical cultures of the Atlantic world.

The Yellow Demon of Fever: Fighting Disease in the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Slave Trade

Author Bio

I studied History at undergraduate level at the University of Havana. I then took a Masters in Comparative History and a PhD in History at the University of Essex. After concluding my PhD I went on to teach at the universities of Essex and Nottingham before coming to Leeds in 2006.

My research focuses on the history of slavery and the slave trade in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world. I am also a contributor to The Washington Spectator, The Huffington Post, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, and Al Jazeera in English.

In 2014 I was awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhume Prize in History, given every year to researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising. I have been a non-resident fellow at the Hutchins Center's Afro-Latin American Institute (Harvard University) and a visiting fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (Yale University).

I am currently working on a new project that will examine western policies to suppress ‘piracy’ in the nineteenth century across the world.

 

Source: University of Leeds 

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