Plague: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | March 1, 2012

byPaul Slack

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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 betweenthe 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 howgovernments 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.

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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 betweenthe 1890s and 1920s. Today, it has become a m...

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 en...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pagesPublished:March 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199589542

ISBN - 13:9780199589548

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Plague: What's in a name?2. Pandemics and epidemics3. BigiImpacts: The black death4. Private horrors5. Public health6. Enduring images7. The lessons of historiesReferencesFurther reading