By R.S. Bray
Out on 30/04/2020
“A very pleasant surprise. Bray is both judicious and modest in his approach … and displays a genuine historical sense … What distinguishes it from many other offerings is the author’s willingness to acknowledge how difficult it is to diagnose diseases in the past … The discussion of plague is particularly interesting in the latter respect and could be read to advantage by anyone interested in the question of its dramatic appearance and equally mysterious disappearance … The question of what impact disease had on politics and society in the past is notoriously beset with traps for the unwary, and here too Bray displays a commendable caution … Can be recommended to the interested layman and – with its useful bibliography – to first year undergraduates.”
The influence that disease has had on history has often been hidden behind the more ‘glorious’ exploits of individuals and monarchs. In Armies of Pestilence R.S. Bray offers a fresh contribution to the impact that illnesses have had on world history.
The periods discussed span from the Biblical accounts of epidemics, through the Justinian plague (what was that deadly disease that has kept scientists in contention right through to the present day?), to the miscalculated 1976 influenza epidemic from which the American government took a long time to recover. Dr. Bray covers the Plague (the scourge of medieval Europe), malaria, yellow fever, smallpox, typhus and cholera.
The author offers a comprehensive evaluation of many other works, both scientific and historical, which provide a vast basis for research on this subject. His vigorous style and timely injections of humour make this an absorbing and accessible book.
By Nijay K. Gupta
Out on 30/04/2020
“This is the book I wish I’d had when I applied to PhD programs. Reading it is like having an honest heart-to-heart with a very wise friend who will guide you capably through the wilds of the PhD and into the first few years beyond.”
Rebekah Eklund, Loyola University Maryland
What if you had a guidebook that you could turn to at each stage of your academic journey to help you navigate through the process of getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and succeeding in the academic world? Prepare, Succeed, Advance is precisely intended to fill that need. From theory to practice, you will find discussions and answers to the most pertinent and pressing questions that prospective and current doctoral students are faced with. Alongside the questions about the process, there are also smaller matters. This guidebook tackles all of these questions and many more in three parts: Prepare focuses on getting into a PhD program; Succeed guides you through the doctoral program, especially the writing of the dissertation; and Advance treats issues that relate to success in the academic world.