List of Figures; List of Abbreviations and Acronyms; Preface and Acknowledgements; 1. A Tale of Two Diseases: Smallpox and Cowpox; 2. Fire with Fire: Smallpox Inoculation in the Eighteenth Century; 3. Good Tidings from the Farm: Jenner and the Cowpox Discovery; 4. National Mobilisation: Vaccination in Britain and Ireland; 5. Vaccine Diaspora: Medical Networks in a World at War; 6. The Vaccine's Conquest of Napoleonic Europe; 7. The Guardian Pox in Northern Europe; 8. Across the Pyrenees: Vaccination in Spain and Portugal; 9. Romanovs and Vaktsinovs: Vaccination in the Russian Empire; 10. Passage through India: Vaccinaton in South Asia; 11. 'This New Inoculation Is No Sham!' Vaccination in North America; 12. A New Pox for the New World. Vaccination in Latin America; 13. Oceanic Vaccine: The World Encircled; 14. The World Arm-to-Arm: Jenner and the Vaccination Revolution; Select Bibliography;
Michael Bennett provides the first history of the global spread of vaccination during the Napoleonic Wars, offering a new assessment of the cowpox discovery and Edward Jenner's achievement in making cowpox inoculation a viable and universally available practice. He explores the networks that took the vaccine around the world, and the reception and establishment of vaccination among peoples in all corners of the globe. His focus is on the human story of the horrors of smallpox, the hopes invested in vaccination by medical men and parents, the children put arm-to-arm across the world, and the early challenges, successes and disappointments. He presents vaccination as a quiet revolution, genuinely emancipatory, but also the sharp end of growing state power. By the end of the war in 1815, millions of children had been vaccinated. The early success of the war against smallpox paved the way to further advances towards eradication.
Michael Bennett is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Tasmania. He is the author of four books on late medieval England and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.