Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World: Rethinking the Black Death


Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World: Rethinking the Black Death

ISBN: 9781942401001


This ground-breaking book brings together scholars from the humanities and social and physical sciences to address the question of how recent work in the genetics, zoology, and epidemiology of plague’s causative organism (Yersinia pestis) can allow a rethinking of the Black Death pandemic and its larger historical significance.


Introducing The Medieval Globe, by Carol Symes 
Editor’s Introduction to Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World, by Monica H. Green
Taking “Pandemic” Seriously: Making the Black Death Global, by Monica H. Green
The Black Death and Its Consequences for the Jewish Community in Tàrrega: Lessons from History and Archeology, by Anna Colet, Josep Xavier Muntané i Santiveri, Jordi Ruíz Ventura, Oriol Saula, M. Eulàlia Subirà de Galdàcano, and Clara Jauregui
The Anthropology of Plague: Insights from Bioarcheological Analyses of Epidemic Cemeteries, by Sharon N. DeWitte
Plague Depopulation and Irrigation Decay in Medieval Egypt, by Stuart Borsch
Plague Persistence in Western Europe: A Hypothesis, by Ann G. Carmichael
New Science and Old Sources: Why the Ottoman Experience of Plague Matters, by Nükhet Varlik
Heterogeneous Immunological Landscapes and Medieval Plague: An Invitation to a New Dialogue between Historians and Immunologists, by Fabian Crespo and Matthew B. Lawrenz
The Black Death and the Future of the Plague, by Michelle Ziegler
Epilogue: A Hypothesis on the East Asian Beginnings of the Yersinia pestis Polytomy, by Robert Hymes
Featured Source
Diagnosis of a “Plague” Image: A Digital Cautionary Tale, by Monica H. Green, Kathleen Walker-Meikle, and Wolfgang P. Müller

Author Bio(s)

Monica H. Green (Arizona State University) specializes in the global history of health and medieval European history. She has published widely on medieval medicine. Carol Symes is the founding executive editor of The Medieval Globe. She is the Lynn M. Martin Professorial Scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is associate professor of history, theatre, and medieval studies

Carol Symes is Lynn M. Martin Professorial Scholar and Associate Professor of History and Medieval Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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