William H. McNeil, professor of history and prolific author dies at 98

By Tim Cheng | July 10 2016 | Humanities & Social Sciences

William H. McNeil, the National Book Award winning historian and professor, who expanded the view of world history, passed away on Friday. He was 98 years old.

Professor McNeil taught history at the University of Chicago, for four decades, where he served as chairman of the history department. He graduated there in 1938.

He is the author of more than 20 books, including THE RISE OF THE WEST, a National Book Award winner in history, as well as PLAGUES AND PEOPLE, a book with a fresh viewpoint of world history, through the culture of diseases.

His full obituary ran in The New York Times.

Plagues and Peoples
Upon its original publication, Plagues and Peoples was an immediate critical and popular success, offering a radically new interpretation of world history as seen through the extraordinary impact—political, demographic, ecological, and psychological—of disease on cultures. From the conquest of Mexico by smallpox as much as by the Spanish, to the bubonic plague in China, to the typhoid epidemic in Europe, the history of disease is the history of humankind. With the identification of AIDS in the early 1980s, another chapter has been added to this chronicle of events, which William McNeill explores in his new introduction to this updated editon.
$18.00 US
Oct 11, 1977
368 Pages