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Plague: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Throughout history plague has been the cause of many major catastrophes. It was responsible for the Black Death of 1348 and the Great Plague of London in 1665, and for devastating epidemics much earlier and much later, in the Mediterranean in the sixth century, and in China and India between the 1890s and 1920s. Today, it has become a metaphor for other epidemic disasters which appear to threaten us, but plague itself has never been eradicated.

In this Very Short Introduction, Paul Slack explores the historical impact of plague over the centuries, looking at the ways in which it has been interpreted, and the powerful images it has left behind in art and literature. Examining what plague meant for those who suffered from it, and how governments began to fight against it, he demonstrates the impact plague has had on modern notions of public health and how it has shaped our history.

Synopsis:

This Very Short Introduction explores the historical impact of plague over the centuries, the ways in which it has been interpreted, and the powerful images it has left behind in art and literature. Paul Slack assesses its causes, which have often been disputed and are now being illuminated by microbiologists and archaeologists, and he looks at possible reasons for its periodic disappearance from whole continents. He shows what plague meant for those who suffered from it, and how governments began to fight against it and in doing so invented modern notions of public health. His focus throughout the book is on how people coped with death and disease in epidemic crises.

About the Author

Paul Slack is Emeritus Professor of Early Modern Social History at Oxford University, and author of a classic study of The Impact of Plague in Tudor and Stuart England (Routledge 1985, OUP 1990). He has written books on urban history and poverty in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and essays on the history of disease and the environment over longer periods, and been editor of the journal Past and Present. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and was Principal of Linacre College, Oxford, until his retirement in 2010.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Plague: What's in a name?

2. Pandemics and epidemics

3. BigiImpacts: The black death

4. Private horrors

5. Public health

6. Enduring images

7. The lessons of histories

References

Further reading

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199589548
Author:
Slack, Paul
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Subject:
History
Subject:
Medicine | History of Medicine
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 b/w illus.
Pages:
152
Dimensions:
4.4 x 6.7 x 0.5 in 0.281 lb

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"Synopsis" by , This Very Short Introduction explores the historical impact of plague over the centuries, the ways in which it has been interpreted, and the powerful images it has left behind in art and literature. Paul Slack assesses its causes, which have often been disputed and are now being illuminated by microbiologists and archaeologists, and he looks at possible reasons for its periodic disappearance from whole continents. He shows what plague meant for those who suffered from it, and how governments began to fight against it and in doing so invented modern notions of public health. His focus throughout the book is on how people coped with death and disease in epidemic crises.
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