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Black Death : Natural and Human Disaster in Medieval Europe

Black Death : Natural and Human Disaster in Medieval Europe - 83 edition

ISBN13: 978-0029123706

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ISBN13: 978-0029123706
ISBN10: 0029123704
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 83
Publisher: Free Press
Published: 1983
International: No

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Black Death : Natural and Human Disaster in Medieval Europe - 83 edition

ISBN13: 978-0029123706

Robert S. Gottfried

ISBN13: 978-0029123706
ISBN10: 0029123704
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 83
Publisher: Free Press

Published: 1983
International: No
Summary

A fascinating work of detective history, The Black Death traces the causes and far-reaching consequences of this infamous outbreak of plague that spread across the continent of Europe from 1347 to 1351. Drawing on sources as diverse as monastic manuscripts and dendrochronological studies (which measure growth rings in trees), historian Robert S. Gottfried demonstrates how a bacillus transmitted by rat fleas brought on an ecological reign of terror -- killing one European in three, wiping out entire villages and towns, and rocking the foundation of medieval society and civilization.

Author Bio

Gottfried, Robert S. : Rutgers University

Robert S. Gottfried is Professor of History and Director of Medieval Studies at Rutgers University. Among his other books is Epidemic Disease in Fifteenth Century England.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Chapter 1 A Natural History of Plague
Chapter 2 The European Environment, 1050-1347
Chapter 3 The Plague's Beginnings
Chapter 4 The Plague's Progress
Chapter 5 The Immediate Consequences
Chapter 6 The Stirrings of Modern Medicine
Chapter 7 Disease and the Transformation of Medieval Europe

Epilogue: Europe's Environmental Crisis
Notes
A Bibliographical Essay
Index

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