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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THE BLACK DEATH AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE WEST

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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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This is a collection of three short essays by David Herlihy, published posthumously, with a very helpful forward by Samuel Cohn. The first essay suggests that the Black Death may not have been bubonic ... 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.

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