How Insects Changed History

Book - 2014
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There are about ten quintillion insects in the world-and some of them have affected human history in tremendous ways! For as long as humans have been on earth, we've co-existed with insects . . . for better or for worse. Once you begin to look at world history through fly-specked glasses, you begin to see the mark of these minute life forms at every turn. Beneficial bugs have built empires. Bad bugs have toppled them. Bugged is not your everyday history book. From the author and illustrator team behind kid-favorite Poop Happened! A History of the World from the Bottom Up , this combination of world history, social history, natural science, epidemiology, public health, conservation, and microbiology is told with fun and informative graphics and in an irreverent voice, making this one fun-to-read book.
Publisher: New York :, Walker Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Bloomsbury,, 2014
ISBN: 9780802734228
Branch Call Number: JNF 595.7 ALB
Characteristics: 168 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: How insects changed history


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Apr 12, 2015

A good book for anyone who likes interesting things.

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.

SPL_Childrens 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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Apr 12, 2015

ggggxu thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

SPL_Childrens Jul 04, 2014

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12


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