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Bugged

How Insects Changed History
Albee, Sarah (Book - 2014 )
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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.
Authors: Albee, Sarah
Title: Bugged
How Insects Changed History
Publisher: New York : Walker Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Bloomsbury, 2014
Characteristics: 168 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,26 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Sarah Albee ; illustrated by Robert Leighton
Contents: The insect facts of life
The horrible history of human hygiene
The land of silk and honey
Bad-news bugs
The earliest epidemics
Close encounters of the ancient kind
Medieval microbes
More thinking but still stinking: the Renaissance
Travel troubles
It's all fun and games until someone loses an isle
How revolutionary!
Dastardly diseases and demented dictators
The Nineteenth Century: crawling toward a cure
The nitty gritty about the itty bitty: germs discovered at last
Twentieth-century pox
The craze about sprays
Now what?
Summary: 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.
Additional Contributors: Leighton, Robert - 1960-
ISBN: 0802734235
9780802734235
0802734227
9780802734228
Branch Call Number: j 595.7 A328b 2014
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-162) and index
Subject Headings: Human-animal relationships History Insects History Human-animal relationships History Juvenile literature Insects History Juvenile literature
Topical Term: Human-animal relationships
Insects
Human-animal relationships
Insects
LCCN: 2013025968
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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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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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