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Germ Wars: The Politics of Microbes and America's Landscape of Fear

Melanie Armstrong


The United States government has spent billions of dollars this century to prepare the nation for bioterrorism, despite the extremely rare occurrence of biological attacks in modern American history. Germ Wars argues that bioterrorism has emerged as a prominent fear in the modern age through the production of new forms of microbial nature and changing practices of warfare. Revolutions in biological science have made visible a vast microscopic world in the last century, and in this same era we have watched the rise of a global war on terror. Though these movements appear to emerge separately, t ... More

Keywords: bioterrorism, cultural politics of nature, biosecurity, political ecology, biopolitics, war on terror, (fear, nature, microbes, war, science, preparedness)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520292765
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520292765.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melanie Armstrong, author
Western State Colorado University