COVID-19 Will Shape the Fates of Nations

COVID-19 Will Shape the Fates of Nations
(Xie Huanchi/Xinhua via AP)

For the last couple of weeks, I've been delving back into one of my favorite books, “Plagues and Peoples,” by the celebrated historian William H. McNeill. Its relevance to today's headlines is fairly obvious. What makes the book so compelling is McNeill's ecological sensibility: He understands human beings as biological organisms embedded in living systems.

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