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War Against Smallpox

War Against Smallpox
Edward Jenner and the Global Spread of Vaccination

  • Publication planned for: May 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from May 2020
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521147880


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  • Michael Bennett provides the first history of the global spread of vaccination during the Napoleonic Wars, offering a new assessment of the cowpox discovery and Edward Jenner's achievement in making cowpox inoculation a viable and universally available practice. He explores the networks that took the vaccine around the world, and the reception and establishment of vaccination among peoples in all corners of the globe. His focus is on the human story of the horrors of smallpox, the hopes invested in vaccination by medical men and parents, the children put arm-to-arm across the world, and the early challenges, successes and disappointments. He presents vaccination as a quiet revolution, genuinely emancipatory, but also the sharp end of growing state power. By the end of the war in 1815, millions of children had been vaccinated. The early success of the war against smallpox paved the way to further advances towards eradication.

    • Provides a global history of the spread of vaccination
    • Offers new insights into the hopes and fears of parents and children, as well as the ambitions of medical men
    • Discusses early vaccine hesitancy and anti-vaccination movements
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    • Publication planned for: May 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521147880
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from May 2020
  • Table of Contents

    List of Figures
    List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
    Preface and Acknowledgements
    1. A Tale of Two Diseases: Smallpox and Cowpox
    2. Fire with Fire: Smallpox Inoculation in the Eighteenth Century
    3. Good Tidings from the Farm: Jenner and the Cowpox Discovery
    4. National Mobilisation: Vaccination in Britain and Ireland
    5. Vaccine Diaspora: Medical Networks in a World at War
    6. The Vaccine's Conquest of Napoleonic Europe
    7. The Guardian Pox in Northern Europe
    8. Across the Pyrenees: Vaccination in Spain and Portugal
    9. Romanovs and Vaktsinovs: Vaccination in the Russian Empire
    10. Passage through India: Vaccinaton in South Asia
    11. 'This New Inoculation Is No Sham!' Vaccination in North America
    12. A New Pox for the New World. Vaccination in Latin America
    13. Oceanic Vaccine: The World Encircled
    14. The World Arm-to-Arm: Jenner and the Vaccination Revolution
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  • Author

    Michael Bennett, University of Tasmania
    Michael Bennett is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Tasmania. He is the author of four books on late medieval England and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.

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