Contagion and Chaos: Disease, Ecology, and National Security in the Era of Globalization

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MIT Press
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6.0 X 8.8 X 0.7 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author
Andrew Price-Smith is Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Colorado College. He is the author of The Health of Nations and Contagion and Chaos, both published by the MIT Press.
"A tour de force. Price-Smith's provocative book clarifies the centrality of health issues to national and international security. Carefully researched and well written, this study analyzes the complex interactions between war, ecology, political economy, and disease. Essential reading for the fields of international relations and security studies in the 21st century."--Kent Hughes Butts, Director, National Security Issues Branch, Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College
"Andrew Price-Smith has been the pioneer in studying the linkages between infectious diseases and state stability, opening new vistas for political science. This book develops a framework for analyzing the impacts of disease on state capacity--'health security, ' as Price-Smith aptly dubs it--and lucidly illustrates these connections through a number of valuable case studies. Even those well versed in infectious diseases will find new and thought-provoking material in this book."--Stephen S. Morse, Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University
"Andrew Price-Smith has written a primer, both sophisticated and accessible, for all who are interested in global health policy. He draws from diverse and multidisciplinary sources, and convincingly links growing public health challenges to the fragility of our contemporary world order. His book deserves a wide readership and careful attention."--Louis W. Pauly, Director, Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto
"Andrew Price-Smith has contributed a fascinating perspective on epidemics (historical and modern). He brings numerous disciplines to the table to thoughtfully knit the best thinking in political science, economics, sociology, and public health together. The book expands our view of how epidemics and pandemics change our lives and history."--Ann Marie Kimball, Department of Health Services, University of Washington, author of "Risky Trade: Infectious Disease in an Era of Global Trade"