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The Unwelcomed Traveler: England's Black Death and Hopi's Smallpox

Abstract This dissertation analyzes the fourteenth-century English and nineteenth-century Hopi experiences with the unwelcomed traveler of disease, specifically the Black Death and the smallpox outbreak of 1898-1899. By placing both peoples and events beside one another, it becomes possible to move past the death toll inflected by disease and see the role of diseases as a catalyst of historical change. Furthermore, this study places the Hopi experience with smallpox, and disease in general, in context with the human story of disease. The central methodical approach is ethnohistory, using firsthand accounts to reconstruct the cultural frameworks of the Hopi and the English. In analyzing the English and Hopi experiences this study uses the Medicin... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Sweet, Kathryn Lee (Author) / Fixico, Donald L (Advisor) / Osburn, Katherine (Committee member) / Wright, Johnson K (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject History / Medieval history / Native American studies / 14th Century English / Black Death / history of disease / Hopi / Oraibi Split of 1906 / Smallpox
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 189 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation History 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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