Kyle Harper – Plagues upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 1 October 2021 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Kyle Harper about his book Plagues upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History. Presents a “big history,” tracing the role of disease in the transition to farming, the spread of cities, the advance of transportation, and the stupendous increase in human population. Explains why humanity’s uniquely dangerous disease pool is rooted deep in our evolutionary past, and why its growth is accelerated by technological progress.

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