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The Silken Thread: Five Insects and Their Impacts on Human History

Robert N. Wiedenmann and J. Ray Fisher

Abstract

Insects are seldom mentioned in history texts, yet they significantly shaped human history. The Silken Thread: Five Insects and Their Impacts on Human History tells the stories of just five insects, tied together by a thread originating in the Silk Roads of Asia, and how they have impacted our world. Silkworms have been farmed to produce silk for millennia, creating a history of empires and cultural exchanges; Silk Roads connected East to West, generating trade centers and transferring ideas, philosophies, and religions. The western honey bee feeds countless people, and their crop pollination ... More

Keywords: Silk Road, domestic silkworm, yellow fever, Aedes aegypti, western honey bee, human louse, Oriental rat flea, plague, typhus, history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197555583
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197555583.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert N. Wiedenmann, author
Professor Emeritus, Department of Entomology, University of Arkansas

J. Ray Fisher, author
Research Associate, Department of Entomology, University of Arkansas