The Black Death and the Transformation of the West

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Harvard University Press, Sep 28, 1997 - 117 pages
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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.

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User Review  - br77rino - LibraryThing

A good, short review (~200 pages) of the Black Death of the late 1340's, written in 1985. Herlihy makes the point that the actual culprit microbe is unknown. It could be Y. pestis, or it could be ... Read full review

THE BLACK DEATH AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE WEST

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Bold, novel theories, sure to be controversial, about the medieval pandemic known as the Black Death, by late Brown University historian Herlihy. The European pestilence (dubbed the Black Death ... Read full review

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David Herlihy (d. 1991) was Barnaby Conrad and Mary Critchfield Keeney Professor and Professor of History at Brown University.

Samuel K. Cohn, Jr., is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Glasgow. Among his books are The Cult of Remembrance and the Black Death and Women in the Streets: Essays on Sex and Power in the Italian Renaissance.

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