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The Rinderpest Campaigns
A Virus, Its Vaccines, and Global Development in the Twentieth Century


Part of Global and International History

  • Date Published: August 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108422741

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  • Amanda Kay McVety has written the first history of the international effort to eradicate rinderpest - a devastating cattle disease - which began in the 1940s and ended in 2011. Rinderpest is the only other disease besides smallpox to have been eradicated, but very few people in the United States know about it, because it did not infect humans and never broke out in North America. In other parts of the world, however, rinderpest was a serious economic and social burden and the struggle against it was a critical part of the effort to fight poverty and hunger globally. McVety follows the deployment of rinderpest vaccines around the globe, exploring the role of the environment in the understanding of development, internationalism, and national security. She expands the standard Cold War narratives to show how these concepts were framed not only by economic and political concerns, but also by biological ones.

    • Reminds readers of the importance of environmental factors in the creation of economic and political institutions
    • Demonstrates the role that animals played in the creation of the idea of a 'common humanity'
    • Moves the conversation about the history of development out of the typical Cold War framework
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'In her innovative, engaging, and deeply-researched book, Amanda Kay McVety brilliantly recounts the history of Rinderpest and the international struggle to contain it. Putting biology and the environment at the center of postwar history, her book makes a valuable contribution to the study of twentieth-century internationalism(s) and global development.' Julia F. Irwin, University of South Florida, author of Making the World Safe: The American Red Cross and a Nation's Humanitarian Awakening

    'A compelling, surprising, and elegantly written account of the disease that drew the world together. You'll never feel safe around cows again.' Daniel Immerwahr, Northwestern University, Illinois,author of Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108422741
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Rinderpest and the origins of international vooperation for disease control
    2. GIR-1: rinderpest in World War II
    3. 'Freedom from want': UNRRA's rinderpest campaigns
    4. The machinery of development: FAO's rinderpest campaigns
    5. Back to Grosse Île: biological warfare in the postwar world
    6. 'Freedom from rinderpest'

  • Author

    Amanda Kay McVety, Miami University
    Amanda Kay McVety is Associate Professor of History at Miami University. She is the author of Enlightened Aid: US Development as Foreign Policy in Ethiopia (2012) and has published articles in the journals Diplomatic History and The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

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