William Johnston

William D. Johnston is a historian who focuses on how we can understand complex historical events, and in particular epidemics, wars, genocides, and disasters of all kinds, specifically through the intersection of multiple epistemologies. He is John E. Andrus Professor of History and Academic Secretary at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.

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Epidemic Culture in Premodern Japan

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Epidemic Culture in Premodern Japan

Epidemics, in times past, traveled much more slowly than today. Word of their coming almost invariably preceded a growing number of persons who suddenly develop... More