The Black Death and the Transformation of the West

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Harvard University Press, Sep 28, 1997 - History - 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  - Trisha - Goodreads

Very thought provoking short read about the effects of the plague. The author has a differing view of what disease the plague actually was compared to most historians. I found the research and use of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Enya-Marie Clay - Goodreads

The first chapter is pretty outdated because of what science has now told us about the plague but that doesn't make it a useless read. Unlike a lot of academic books, this was very accessible to a ... 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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