How Insects Changed History

Albee, Sarah

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Chronicles the rivalry between the human and insect worlds that draws on myriad disciplines to explain the varying roles that bugs have played in building and toppling empires as well as the bug stories behind infamous disasters.

Publisher: New York : Walker Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Bloomsbury, 2014
ISBN: 0802734235
Branch Call Number: j 595.7 A328b 2014
Characteristics: 168 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,26 cm
Additional Contributors: Leighton, Robert 1960-


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Even bugs so tiny they can't be seen with the human eye can have a big effect. From causing wars to curing diseases, find out how even the smallest of them have left their mark on human history.

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Jan 17, 2015

Really fantastic book for anyone, young or old, who wants to learn more about bugs, or even just history and disease in general. As a bug enthusiast, I found this book to be quite useful, educational, interesting, and charming.

Jul 04, 2014

Have bugs really changed history? According to author Sarah Albee, the answer is a definite “yes”.

Throughout our history, insects have both hindered and helped us. Some have helped to bring about major historic events. One of the best-known, the 14th century Bubonic Plague - which by some estimates reduced the human population of Europe at that time by about 40% - was transmitted from rats to people by fleas. Insects have also affected the outcome of many wars by carrying such diseases as malaria, yellow fever and typhus to soldiers. (For example, typhus, which was spread by lice or fleas, was a significant factor in Napoleon’s final defeat.)

Throughout history, insects such as locusts have also set off widespread human famines by devouring entire fields of crops.

However, bugs have been helpful to us as well … in fact, they are essential because they pollinate crops and plants. Some also till and enrich the soil; some produce honey and silk, and many insects serve as food for various birds and animals.

Albee’s fascinating book is swarming with surprising information. Did you know that a flea can live for 125 days without eating, that silk is made from dried caterpillar spit, and that there are about ten quintillion insects in the world today?

A glossary and a further reading list is included at the end of this intriguing, informative book.


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Jul 04, 2014

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