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The Black Death and the Transformation of the West

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780674076136

ISBN10:
0674076133
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
9/1/1997
Publisher(s):
HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
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Summary

In this small book David Herlihy makes subtle and subversive inquiries that challenge historical thinking about the Black Death. Looking beyond the view of the plague as unmitigated catastrophe, Herlihy finds evidence for its role in the advent of new population controls, the establishment of universities, the spread of Christianity, the dissemination of vernacular cultures, and even the rise of nationalism. This book, which displays a distinguished scholar's masterly synthesis of diverse materials, reveals that the Black Death can be considered the cornerstone of the transformation of Europe.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(17)
Bubonic Plague: Historical Epidemiology and the Medical Problems
17(22)
The New Economic and Demographic System
39(20)
Modes of Thought and Feeling
59(24)
Notes 83(28)
Index 111


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