Erhard Geissler & John Ellis Van Courtland Moon
- published by Oxford University Press 1999 -
Paperback 296 pages List price: US$52.00 UK£30.00 currency conversions
An interdisciplinary textbook which analyzes the origins of biological warfare planning and preparation up to the end of World War II. In the period between World War I and World War II, growing understanding of the propagation of disease lead to the fear that potential enemies might be developing biological weapons. Ultimately, several countries developed major biological warfare programmes during World War II.
The relevance of these programs to contemporary concerns is addressed.
The World War II experiences related to biological weapons reinforce the arguments for adoption of a verification protocol to strengthen the 1972 Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention
The book includes a paper entitled "Biological warfare before 1914" (pages 8-34) by Dr. Mark Wheelis of the Section of Microbiology, University of California, U.S.A., which describes the seige of Caffa (also known as Kaffa) by the Tatars in 1346, which was followed by the spread of plague throughout Europe. The Plague is a disease which had its origins in Asia.
This book is exceptionally well researched and well written. It provides an excellent review of the historical aspects of the use of these agents and the development of laws against Biological weapons. It is recommended for use in colleges and universities that instruct on the need for the development of counter-measures to these agents. Review by AMM, Maryland, USA
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